SHOP Showcase: Deep Listening

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Wayne Simon | Jenni Kemarre Martiniello | Tjanpi Desert Weavers | Baluk Arts | Krystal Hurst | Sophi Suttor

27 May - 17 July 2021

Join Craft ACT in celebrating National Reconciliation Week. We are amplifying First Nations voices through our Indigenous artists and the contributions they make to our community.  
This year’s National Reconciliation Week is themed ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’.   
Deep listening means “listening to and observing the self as well as, and in relationship with, others”.[1] It is a process that has its equivalent in many Indigenous groups in Australia, and a practice that promotes meaningful communication and rich engagement in all communities. Glass artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello believes that “[t]he role of listening is really important because if you still your mind and get rid of all preconceptions, then the place will speak to you. You will hear it as it is meant to be and that changes everything.”

The ‘Deep Listening’ collection celebrates not only bolder action for our Indigenous communities but also more thoughtful listening and self-aware activism. ‘Deep Listening’ celebrates the diverse cultural expressions of Indigenous artists and their engagement with traditional and non-traditional techniques in jewelry, object-making, textiles and glass. These contemporary artists form relationships with the world through bodies of work that are truly more than words.

[1] Atkinson, J. (2002). Trauma trails: Recreating song lines. North Melbourne, Australia: Spinifiex Press, 19. 
Image: Works by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Gillawarra Arts and Sophi Suttor.