Art + Soul
The lavishly illustrated art + soul is the companion book to the prime-time ABC TV series by the same name. Over the last thirty years, a magical flowering of Aboriginal art has occurred in Australia, captivating viewers around the world with astonishingly powerful artworks, and creating a new art movement that could not have been imagined in the 1970s. Hetti Perkins, who stars in the series, takes readers on a personal journey of discovery into a world of ideas and the imagination of leading Aboriginal artists around Australia. She travels from the startlingly beautiful landscapes of remote Arnhem land to Sydney and from saltwater country to the desert heartlands of Central Australia. Art + Soul includes more than 200 artworks and photography from director Warwick Thornton, awarded the Camera D'or at Cannes for Samson and Delilah.
Hetti Perkins is a member of the Eastern Arrernte and Kalkadoon Aboriginal communities. She is the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has curated major survey exhibitions of Indigenous art, including Australia's representation at the Venice Biennale in 1997, and most recently the Australian Indigenous Art Commission at the Musee du quai Branly in Paris. She edited One Sun One Moon: the most ambitious publication on Australian Indigenous art to date. Hetti is the eldest daughter of Charles Perkins, the esteemed Indigenous activist, and an experienced public spokesperson.