Tjungkara Ken, Ken Sisters Collaborative and Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken – Seven Sisters: Kungkarangkalpa

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24 Aug 2021 to 18 Sep 2021 Weekly Event

Jan Murphy Gallery is pleased to present ‘Seven Sisters: Kungkarangkalpa’ an exhibition featuring works by Sylvia Ken, Tjungkara Ken and the Ken Sisters Collaborative (Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Maringka Tunkin and Yaritji Young).

Based in the Amata community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia and painting at Tjala Arts, Sylvia and Tjungkara’s evocative paintings are a celebration of Anangu culture and connection to country alongside their individual expression of ‘Tjukurpa'(ancestral knowledge and law). Sylvia and Tjungkara paint, in different but related ways, the Seven Sisters creation story, an ancestral narrative of the Pleiades constellations (the sisters) and a sinister man (Orion) who followed them across earth and sky. Both Sylvia and Tjungkara’s families are traditional owners of significant sites where the Seven Sisters story takes place
with each painting referencing this story and the important sites within the vast landscape.

Tjungkara Ken was recently awarded the 2020 Roberts Family Prize (Wynne Prize) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales a year after Sylvia Ken was announced as the 2019 Wynne Prize winner. The Ken Sisters Collaborative were awarded the Wynne Prize in 2016.
Artworks by Tjungkara Ken, Sylvia Ken and the Ken Sisters Collaborative are held in numerous public collections including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and QAGOMA.


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Event Dates

Weekly Event

24 Aug 2021 to 18 Sep 2021

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