About Flight : Aboriginal Perspectives from the Sky.
Flight : Aboriginal Perspectives from the Sky opens on Thursday 6th April at FORM. Opened by Ken Wyatt MP, Federal Minister for Hasluck, Minister for Aged Care, Indigenous Health, and Mr Meath Hammond, Head of Corporate Affiars WAIO, Petroleum and Nickel West, BHP Billiton from 6-8pm at FORM Gallery, 357 Murray Street, Perth. This exhibition brings together artworks from Western Australian Aboriginal artists exploring understandings of landscape and history as they have been informed by spiritual or literal flight across Country. Perspectives from the sky have a significant and ongoing impact for Aboriginal people. Over the past 40,000 years, stories of birds, Dreaming spirits, and men and women flying across Country, have mapped the landscape that we know today. 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 people a view of their Country from the sky, and connecting people between some of the world’s most remote communities. Flight explores the relationship between traditional and contemporary stories of flying machines, birds, spirits, and Dreamings. The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, fibre works, and objects. Flight : Aboriginal Perspectives from the Sky exhibits from Friday, 6th April – Friday, 19th May 2017 at FORM Gallery, 357 Murray Street