KARI’s Cultural Unit Coordinator Troy Dargan, has been given the honour to showcase his original carving works at the Yurtu Ardla Exhibition in the South Australian Museum. The South Australian Museum is home to the Australian Aboriginal Cultures gallery, which houses 3,000 items from one of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
Troy’s works will be showcased in the Yurtu Ardla Exhibition from the 16th of March to the 16th of June. The Yurtu Ardla Exhibition was created to celebrate the continuity of Adnyamathanha wood carving, as well as the revitalisation of Nukunu wood carving practice.
For the past 4 years, Troy has travelled to South Australia to learn the difficult techniques and skills that are required for Adnyamathanha wood carving. A few of Troy’s first pieces will be displayed at the exhibition, including a Coolamon, Bundi and a shield.
“Every time I have planned a trip to South Australia, I have a vision of what I want to carve before I get there.” – Troy Dargan
The inspiration behind Troy’s pieces came from his family. Their support and encouragement throughout this journey provided Troy the opportunity to reconnect with his culture and this traditional wood carving practice.
By sharing skills and knowledge, the men of the neighbouring language groups have not only produced important artistic works but have deepened friendships that will help to keep Adnyamathanha and Nukunu carving practice strong.
“KARI is immensely proud of Troy’s achievement and now that he has these skills, he can impart his knowledge onto the community and future generations.”. said KARI CEO, Casey Ralph.
Alongside Troy’s works will be a gallery filled with a variety of artists wood carving projects.
See below some images from the launch of the Yurtu Ardla Exhibition.