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ARTISTS

Kaylene Whiskey

  • Born 1976 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia.
  • Based in Indulkana, Australia.

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A woman marches along, repeating “My name is Kaylene Imantura Whiskey.” This is indeed the artist, Kaylene Whiskey. In the video, she and a group of friends jump in a Land Cruiser and set off into the desert to party. At times impersonating superstars like Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, and Whoopi Goldberg, the women sing and dance with the likes of Catwoman and Wondergirl, celebrating to some upbeat beats the joy of living in this place, female friendship, and the infinite nature of love, in what can only be described as a paean to life.

Whiskey is an Australian Aboriginal Yankunytjatjara woman, part of the Anangu people, from whose elders she has inherited unique knowledge. At the same time, the globalized western culture of music videos and Coca-Cola have also been a familiar feature of her life since childhood. Thus Whiskey takes both her ancient Indigenous culture passed down through the generations, and consumer culture with its capitalist glitz and glam, and mixes them to make her works.

For example, many of the celebrities she adores appear in both her videos and paintings, but always in a state of symbiosis with Whiskey and her friends, and with wild flora and fauna, in the paintings even assiduously cultivating mingkulpa (a tobacco plant that grows in the desert).

Kaylene Whiskey lives in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, an area of Aboriginal owned and governed land in northwestern South Australia, and is based at Iwantja Arts, an art center supporting and promoting Indigenous arts and cultural activities. Her works have been shown not only in public art museums in Australia such as Sydneyʼs Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, but in Germany, the US and elsewhere. In 2018 she was awarded the historic Sir John Sulman Prize for Australian artists.

Selected Works & Awards
2022
Melbourne Art Foundation Commission, Australia
2022
Sydney Modern Project Commission, Australia
2020
Winner: Digital Art Prize, Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Melville, WA, Australia
2019
Winner: General Painting Award, Telstra NATSIAAs Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
2018
Winner: Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Exhibition

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  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2022
  • Ngura Pukulpa–Happy Place, 2022
  • Strong Kungas, 2019
  • Photo: ToLoLo studio
Open
10:00-18:00

*Last admission 15 min before closing time

Closed
Mondays (except for public holidays)
Venue / Access
Former Ichinomiya Central Nursing School (4F)
  • 16 minutes on foot from Owari-Ichinomiya Station on the JR Tokaido Line.
  • 16 minutes on foot from Meitetsu Ichinomiya Station on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line.