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Following exhibitions in Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi, the Jarracharra exhibition concluded its tour of India with a triumphant showing in Chennai and Bengaluru in south India. The Australian Consulate-General, Chennai, hosted the exhibition in Chennai from 6 to 17 April and in Bengaluru on 17-25 May.
Speaking at the launch events, Ms Sarah Kirlew, Australian Consul General for South India said, “I hope that by visiting Jarracharra, the Indian audience will learn more about Australia’s diverse, strong and vibrant First Nations cultures and develop a broader impression of what modern Australia represents and stands for.”
Jarracharra has been displayed in leading galleries globally but the first time, it included new pieces and woodblocks developed collaboratively when artists from the Bábbarra Women’s Centre visited the Tharangini studio in Bengaluru in early 2023. The new co-created textiles combine traditional Indian woodblock carving and printing with Indigenous Australian designs.
Talking about the collaboration between the artists from Bábbarra Women’s Centre and artisans from the Tharangini studio, Padmini Govind, Partner, Tharangini Studio said “We spent over three months translating Bábbarra’s traditional designs into hand carved woodblocks. When the artists Janet and Deborah came to Tharangini, a beautiful, visual dialogue connected our block print artisans with them. It was as if they had been working collaboratively for years. It was an honour and privilege for all of us at Tharangini.”