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September 9, 2019

Deutsche Bank partners with First Nations curator Sharni Jones for National art exhibition

Deutsche Bank is set to showcase a selection of works in celebration of the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages with an exhibition Mapping Memory curated by Sharni Jones.The works will be shown in the bank’s VIP Lounge at Sydney Contemporary, 12th to 15th September at Carriageworks, Redfern.

“As Principal Partner of Sydney Contemporary, we are privileged this year to be exhibiting works in our lounge by First Nations artists. While the lounge is exclusively for Deutsche Bank guests, the artists are all represented by galleries or are participating in the Sydney Contemporary program and are therefore accessible to all art lovers,” said Jill Valentine, Deutsche Bank’s Head of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Kabi Kabi/Waka Waka curator Sharni Jones specialises in contemporary First Nations art and cultural practice, community engagement and cultural change management. Jones is the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection at Australian Museum. For Mapping Memory, Jones has brought together works by five artists; Nici Cumpston (Barkindji), Amala Groom (Wiradjuri), Nonggirrnga Marawili (Yolngu Matha language), Christopher Pease (Minang/Nyoongar) and Tiger Yaltangki (Yankunytjatjara language).

“My First Nation's curatorial-led response is framed around the concept of mapping inter-generational memory chartered through multi-dimensional narratives of cultural transmission bound by a yearning to Kin, Country and human compassion,” said Jones. “Inter-generational memory is often associated with trauma and genocide, compelling amidst the enduring colonial onslaught of local and global histories.

This collective of First Nations artists’ aims to reorient the viewer by drawing on relational and collective cultural memory intensified through personal invocation, agency, collective belonging and the magnificence and provocation of human and ecological degradation on a global scale.”

As part of the exhibition, Deutsche Bank has acquired Amala Groom’s single channel video, The Union, 2019, for its Australian collection. Of her work, Groom affirms: “Appropriating Eastern and Western religious symbology and iconography, The Union explores the thematics of balancing diametrically opposing ontologies as the living embodiment of the Aboriginal experience. The work seeks to embrace the commitment to the self as the epitome of relationship; of spiritual enlightenment and of the foundation of connection to Land, Language, Lore and Custom.”

Valentine added: “We are thrilled to welcome Groom’s work to the Deutsche Bank collection. This is the first work by an Australian First Nations artist to be included in our Australian collection and we greatly look forward to sharing Groom’s amazing performative video with our staff, clients and visitors.”
Other information:

Amala Groom is self-represented and is participating in the Talk Contemporary program with her performative lecture on ART:VALUE:IDENTITY Friday 13th September, 1.00PM – 2.00PM, Hall G, Talk Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary.

We would like to thank the artists’ representation for their efforts in realising this exhibition.

Nonggirrnga Marawili and Tiger Yaltangki are represented by Alcaston Gallery (Booth B01).
Christopher Pease is represented by Gallerysmith (Booth D01)
Nici Cumpston is represented by Michael Reid (Booth E13).

Amala Groom
The Union, 2019 (production still)
Image courstesy of the artist



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