Highlights of The Art of Healing: Australian Indigenous bush medicine touring to London and Berlin
Originally curated for the Medical History Museum, The Art of Healing: Australian Indigenous bush medicine follows the premise of Tjukurrpa (dreaming). It looks at traditional Indigenous healing practice as past, present and future simultaneously. It presents examples of healing practice from the many distinct and varied Indigenous communities throughout Australia through contemporary art practice.
A selection of twenty works from the exhibition are touring internationally to Bush House, King’s College, London (15 May to 28 June 2019) and The Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin (24 October 2019 to 2 February 2020).The exhibition in London was opened by the Australian High Commissioner George Brandis and attended by over 200 guests on Tuesday 14 May.
The exhibition is a culmination of network and strategic partnership building over the last three years between King’s College and the University of Melbourne—notably its Poche Centre for Indigenous Health—to spearhead the internationalisation of Indigenous Knowledge research and teaching.
A series of cultural programs partnered with the Menzies Centre of King’s College London included a lecture by Rene Kulitja and Pantijiti Lewis Ngangkari from the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council (NPYWC) in Alice Springs and Professor Sandra Eades, Aboriginal Child and Adolescent Health, University of Melbourne.
Image: Rene Kulitja and Pantijiti Lewis Ngangkari in front of Bush House, London