Indigenous Art Exhibition launches at Australian Embassy in Amman

According to a statement for The Jordan Times, the Australian embassy in Amman, working with Jordan’s National Gallery of Fine Arts in Jabal Luweibdeh, has opened the “Jarracharra: Dry Season Wind” exhibition, which is under the patronage of HRH Princess Wijdan Hashemi. The exhibition features an impressive collection of textiles created by Australian indigenous artists from the Bábbarra Women’s Centre in northern Australia.

The embassy is pleased to present Australian aboriginal art, which comes from the oldest continuously existing culture in the world, which dates back over 60,000 years. This one-of-a-kind exhibition highlights women artists and a striking collection of Arnhem Land Aboriginal women’s textile work, which uses modern media to portray historical stories.

Generations of indigenous Australian women worked for many years to produce the patterns on display in this exhibition. According to a release, the exhibition, which examines storytelling, is being staged in Amman to commemorate the deep personal ties and friendship that have existed between Australia and Jordan for more than a century.

The display draws attention to the similarities across cultures between indigenous creative expression and those of Jordan, a country renowned for its textile customs. During the exhibition’s opening on May 28, Australia’s Ambassador Bernard Lynch clarified the meaning of Jarracharra by stating that it refers to “the distinctive wind which blows across Arnhem Land in Australia’s far north during the dry season.”

This wind, according to indigenous custom, marks the beginning of a time when the region’s many ethnic groups will be coming together to socialize. According to the statement, out of the 800 dialects and 250 recognized Aboriginal languages spoken across Australia, 12 languages are spoken in this region of Arnhem Land.

Jarracharra, to put it briefly, is a metaphor for the blending of many myths and civilizations. The Exhibition has traveled to a number of nations, including India, Morocco, France, Cyprus, and Portugal; Amman is its final destination. The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts (Building 2) will host the exhibition until June 28, 2024, with free admission.

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