SALLY GABORI

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Nice swaths of colour like cries or tears: the monumental canvases painted in the final ten years of her life by Sally Gabori are a cartography of the guts. Spreading their lagoon blue, their lemon yellow, their strident orange, and their deep white in parcels on the canvas, they tell the nostalgia of the homeland and the ache of exile. Summary landscapes in the colors of freedom gathered for the primary time outdoors Australia on the Fondation Cartier. A stupendous tribute to the Aboriginal artist who died in 2015.

From the Kaiadilt Aboriginal group, Sally Gabori – whose tribal identify, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda, refers to her totemic ancestor (the dolphin) and her birthplace (Mirdidingki) – was born around 1924 on Bentinck Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia (Queensland). Till 1948, when a cyclone and a tidal wave made her native island uninhabitable and forced the final representatives of this coastal Aboriginal group to migrate to the neighboring island of Mornington (where they have been “parked” and subjected to the assimilationist practices then in progress), Sally Gaborit was a dillybag weaver (traditional aboriginal luggage woven from plant fibers to hold food) and was responsible, like most Kaiadilt ladies, for harvesting shellfish and maintaining the stone fish traps along the shores of her island. It was not till 2005, on the age of eighty, that she started to paint. 

Unclassifiable, seemingly sprung from nowhere, her abstract type, corresponding to no other and very far from modern Aboriginal artwork, is riddled with small dots (dot portray) sown within the footsteps of dingoes, lizards, snakes, and different totemic animals crossing the desert dunes and river beds. Removed from these symbolic and initiatory landscapes retracing the journeys of the “founding beings” traveled within the Dreamtime, through the interval of creation of the world, Sally Gabori’s paintings are naked, devoid of indicators and symbols, solely colour spreads. Spanning giant, flat areas, they even seem to generate the varieties, layering and embedding one another to create a type of big abstract mosaic. With an astonishing formal freedom, these giant swathes of vibrant colors that appear to mirror, as if by ricochets, the light of the sky, the earth and the sea, are in truth memorial cartography: that of the places pricey to the artist, places earlier than the exodus … “That is my land, this is my sea, that is who I'm,declared the one who equated painting with the “search for the unique nation.”1 

Through the nine years of her inventive exercise, Sally Gaborit painted greater than 2,000 canvases – canvases up to 6 meters long and typically collaborative (made together with her sisters, nieces or daughters). These giant mosaic canvases, with their tangle of shapes framed in black, evoke the hydrography of her homeland, with its islands and billabongs (lifeless meanders of a river or stream). 

An eye fixed accustomed to the landscapes of the Gulf of Carpentaria will be capable of detect the stylized imprint of the salty land banks and sandy foreshore coated with mangrove or hemmed with coral reefs. It is, nevertheless, by means of the synthetic concretion of water, earth and sky, the paths of the Dream, that Sally Gaborit traces an immaterial area, mixing parts and temporalities (previous, current, and future) in a quest to know the world and its creation, in accordance with the aboriginal concept designated by this time period: Dreaming.

  1. In the Kayardilt language, the term duljaniji refers back to the longing for residence that's characteristic of exile, the “seek for residence.”

Fondation Cartier pour l’Artwork contemporain – 261, bd Raspail, Paris XIV –

Till November 6

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STÉPHANIE DULOUT

L’article SALLY GABORI est apparu en premier sur Galerie Joseph.

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