Weaving Culture II: Ikuntji Artists @ Le Showroom Galerie 7, Lyons (FRA)

Ended — at Le Showroom Galerie 7

Presenting the Ikuntji Collection of Aboriginal textile accessories developed by IDAIA in collaboration with the Ikuntji Artists’ cooperative, the exhibition includes a selection of artworks and objects, from paintings and sculptures to prints and photographs, taking you on a journey to the ancestral land of the artists, to discover their landscapes, their stories and their art.

After an exclusive launch at the Parisian department store BHV MARAIS in February 2022, the IDAIA x Ikuntji collaboration is presented with an even broader range and as part of an exhibition entirely dedicated to Ikuntji Artists. Located in the Aboriginal community of Haasts Bluff, in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Ikuntji Artists is an Aboriginal-owned cooperative established in 1992, the first created by women artists in the deserts of central Australia.

The result of an ethical, solidarity-based international collaboration, the objects of the Ikuntji collection are handmade in Paris in limited series from the superb hand-printed fabrics coming from Ikuntji Artists. Consisting of cushions, bed or table runners, table lamps, tote bags and pouches, the objects of the Ikuntji Collection embody the strength, boldness and beauty of the artists homelands, culture and artistic creation.

The Ikuntji collection is presented alongside a variety of objects and artworks, including acrylic paintings, limited edition prints, limited edition photographs.

The artworks, objects and textile accessories are all available for sale, contributing to support the ethical and sustainable Indigenous Australian art sector.

Organised by IDAIA in collaboration with artist cooperative Ikuntji Artists, and the Showroom Galerie 7 curatorial team: Christine Athenor, founder and director of international textile festival FITE (Festival International des Textiles Extra ordinaires), and Thomas Leveugle, curator at international textile festival FITE; With the support of the Embassy of Australian in France.

The exhibition is part of Australia now France 2021-22 program organised by the Australian government: a series of events and initiatives to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations between Australia and France, and to reflect Australia’s cultural richness in several French cities.

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Le Showroom Galerie 7
7 place Gailleton
69002 Lyon

IDAIA, France