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“Apmere werne apetye-arlpaye”: Amengkwerne making softball

Wed March 4 - Sat March 21

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“Apmere werne apetye-arlpaye”: Amengkwerne making softball

by Margaret Palmer & Vicki Crowley

OPENING
Friday 6th March, 6pm

ARTIST TALK
Saturday 7th March, 11am

PRESENTATION
Wednesday 18th March, 6pm

EXHIBITION
4th – 21st March 2020

APMERE WERNE APETYE-ARLPAYE: Amwengkwerne making softball features quirky and evocative papier mâché figures that conjure the skill, humour and pathos of the legendary game of softball as it has been played and celebrated by the women and girls of Amwengkwerne (Amoonguna) since the 1960s.

Margaret Palmer, first time Anmatyerr artist, softball player, teacher (and much more) along with Vicki Crowley (fellow teacher and player), responded to the call from old-time team-mates for the story of their riotous softball success to be told. In 1982, Margaret, Vicki and seven others, donned home-made uniforms and entered the town competition. Audaciously, they blitzed the town competition and were premiers. They played the following year and were premiers again, and again and again after that.

Part whimsy, part documentary, certainly playful as well as deadly serious, the exhibition features the “black pants team”, “the blue pants teams”, “the old women who came to watch us play” as well as the “Amoonguna softball taxi” to conjure heart, home, brilliance and country in a community that is so close to Alice Springs and, like the game of softball, is so often under-rated and overlooked.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Collaborating artist, Vicki Crowley, will canvass the vexed cultural politics of ‘making’ to showcase a fabulous story that took place in the heart of Alice Springs and continues to bring pride and pleasure to the women and families of those who play softball for Amoonguna/Amengkwerne.

Softball as metaphor, creative co-motion and bemusement amid persistence will be opened for ‘critique’ where ‘critique’ itself will be canvassed as counter-powers valuing the primacy of relations, the mundane and being champions in Mparntwe-Alice Springs.

Details

Start:
Wed March 4
End:
Sat March 21
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Website:
https://www.wts.org.au/apmere-werne-apetyearlpaye

Organizer

Watch This Space
Phone:
(08) 8952 1949
Email:
wts@wts.org.au
Website:
https://www.wts.org.au/

Venue

Watch This Space
8 Gap Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Phone:
08 8952 1949
Website:
https://wts.org.au/