ROBERT FIELDING: MIIL-MIILPA
Robert Fielding is a contemporary artist of Pakistani, Afghan, Western Arrente and Yankunytjatjara descent, who lives in Mimili Community in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. His work combines strong cultural roots with contemporary perspectives. His current practice spans photography, works on paper, sculpture, film and installation.
In two distinct bodies of new photographic work making up the exhibition miil-miilpa (sacred), Fielding continues his work connected to the significance of Elders in his community, their stories and their understandings. One body of work showcases Elders in his community through intimate portraits. The other explores Country through landscape images produced by experiments with UV exposure. Fielding explains:
Our people, our spirit, our languages, our song and dance are all expressions of the sacredness of this earth. This sacredness radiates through my Elders, in everything they do, everything they are, everything they create. It can be seen in all expressions of this landscape and its people. From the earth we come and to the earth we return. My work is a reminder of that sacred interconnectedness, miil-miilpa.
An Art Gallery of Ballarat exhibition
Image: Robert Fielding Alec Baker from series Mayatjara, 2020. type C photograph, 60 x 60cm. Courtesy Mimili Maku Arts. © the artist.
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