About Flight : Aboriginal perspectives from the sky.
Perspectives from the sky have a significant and ongoing impact on Aboriginal people. Over the past 40,000 years, stories of birds, Dreaming spirits, and men flying across Country have mapped the landscape that we know today. In the Pilbara, for example the prevalent story of the Seven Sisters Dreaming has connections to Country from Roebourne across the Eastern Pilbara to the Central Desert, spanning tens of thousands of kilometers.
Traditionally Aboriginal rock art, paintings, stories and dance have mapped the country in a complex way from various perspectives and through different authorities of knowledge. In more recent times flying machines have been a growing presence in regional Western Australia with surveying and mustering helicopters and mail planes allowing Aboriginal people to view their Country from the sky, and connecting people between some of the world’s most remote communities.
Flight brings together ten Aboriginal art centres in order to explore the relationship between traditional and contemporary understandings of landscape and history as it has been informed by spiritual or literal flight. This project will showcase a significant body of artistic and cultural works and stories that have never before been brought together, contributing to the knowledge surrounding Aboriginal culture in Western Australia.
Flight : Aboriginal Perspectives from the sky opens Thursday, 6th April 2017 from 6:00pm — 8:00pm at FORM Gallery Perth.