We don't need a map: a Martu experience of the Western Desert (17 November 2012-20 January 2013) was one of Fremantle Arts Centre's most visited exhibitions of all time.
Bringing the desert to the city to celebrate the lively and enduring culture of the Martu – the traditional owners of a vast area of WA’s Western Desert, the remarkable exhibition included the work of more than 30 artists and explored the Martu people, their way of life, the way they care for country and belong to it.
As well as illustrating the distinct contemporary visual language of the Martu, the landmark event brought together Martu and other artists to collaborate and exhibit together.
Featuring stunning paintings, cutting-edge new media collaborations, finely wrought objects, aerial desert photography, bush tucker and talks with the Martu artists and rangers, the exhibition was a critical and popular success.
Co-curated by Erin Coates; FAC Exhibitions Coordinator, Kathleen Sorensen; Martu artist and Cultural Consultant and Gabrielle Sullivan; Martumili Artists Manager. This project was a partnership between FAC, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa and Martumili Artists. It is made possible with support from BHP Billiton Iron Ore.