BIG WEATHER at National Gallery of Victoria

BIG WEATHER at National Gallery of Victoria

March 12, 2021 - February 6, 2022

Clinton Naina‘s 4 panel work Stolen Climate features in Big Weather at NGV Australia, Fed Square.

“Big Weather is a timely exhibition that recognises the sophisticated appreciation of weather systems that exists within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge. Bringing together a significant selection of works drawn from the NGV Indigenous Collection,  Big Weather  shares stories of creation to illustrate how landscapes were formed and sacred waterways are refreshed and refilled.” NGV Australia

Stolen Climate features centrally with in the ‘Big Weather’ exhibition, its fiery presence amplified with atmospheric lighting against charred walls. ‘Big Weather’ is curated by Hannah Presley, curator of Indigenous art at the NGV. 

“In the recently acquired work Stolen climate, 2020, Meriam Mer/Ku Ku artist Clinton Naina addresses the experience of climate change from a personal perspective with the resulting work radiating loss and grief. The large-scale hand-bleached works feature silhouettes of objects from the natural world and speak directly to the destruction of the environment, linking climate change to the oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.” Hannah Presley

Naina’s work, Stolen Climate, was first exhibited at the 2020 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, where it received the Premier’s Award for Excellence.