Dean Cross’ (Class of 2003) installation PolyAustralis as part of the Tarnanthi exhibition until 28 January in Adelaide

Posted 10 Jan, 2018

Dean’s installation PolyAustralis forms part of the current, stunning Tarnanthi exhibition of Indigenous art, mainly from the YP lands in northern SA.

Taken from the Tarnanthi website, Dean’s art “…questions and challenges ideas of identity and authenticity. Cross makes his mark across the imagery from a book of photographs of eminent Australians, none of whom are Aboriginal or Torres Strait islanders.”

The exhibition is on until the 28 January, so be sure to check it out if you are in Adelaide.

Dean speaks with The Wire about the installation.

Tarnanthi, pronounced tar-nan-dee, is a Kaurna word from the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light. For many cultures, first light signifies new beginnings.

Building on the popular and critical success of the 2015 Festival, TARNANTHI returns in 2017, presenting the art of Australia’s oldest living culture on an unprecedented scale. A platform for artists from across the country to share important stories, TARNANTHI sheds new light on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

The Festival’s artistic vision encourages new beginnings by providing artists with opportunities to create significant new work. TARNANTHI works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to extend the practices they have been developing in studios, art centres, institutions and communities.

What’s on at the gallery can be found here.

See Dean’s collegian profile here.

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