Princess Wijdan attends Australian Embassy exhibition "Jarrcharra: dry season winds"

Princess Wijdan attends Australian Embassy exhibition "Jarrcharra: dry season winds"
Amman - HRH Princess Wijdan Al Hashemi, President of the Royal Society of Fine Arts (RSFA), in the presence of HRH Prince Firas bin Raad and HRH Princess Dana Firas, attended the opening of the "Jarrcharra: dry season winds" exhibition at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, organized by the Australian Embassy in Jordan in cooperation with the gallery.اضافة اعلان

Accompanied by Australian Ambassador to Jordan, Bernard Lynch, Princess Wijdan toured the exhibits, which include 60 longitudinal images of life-size prints representing traditional textiles in that region by Australian indigenous women artists from the Babarra Women's Center in Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory.

Prince Firas and Princess Dana also toured the exhibits at the opening ceremony, which was attended by Culture Minister Haifa Al Najjar and a number of foreign ambassadors to Jordan.

The month-long exhibition, which mirrors the deep friendship and close ties between Jordan and Australia dating back nearly a century, reflects the textile art of the indigenous people of "Arnhem Land" and depicts ancient stories and narratives using contemporary digital media.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Lynch said: "In Australia, we begin important events and meetings with an acknowledgment of the traditional indigenous custodians of the land, where many of these artworks were created."

"This exhibition is a celebration of the rich heritage of our First Nations Peoples, an integral part of Australia's national identity," he said, expressing Australia's pride in the fact that they hold the world's oldest continuous living culture dating back more than 60,000 years.

He added that the indigenous Australians are in fact a collection of over 200 nations and languages and that their culture is based on rich cosmology and mythology, noting that the oldest forms of Australian indigenous art are rock carvings and paintings, some of which date back 60,000 years.

He explained that "Jarrcharra" refers to the distinctive wind, which blows across Arnhem Land in the dry season, is considered in the indigenous Australians' culture a signal from nature that the season of gathering and social connection is beginning, as the peoples of the region come together.

Lynch noted that the Jarrcharra exhibition is also a celebration of the spirit of collaboration and cultural exchange that unites people across borders and generations, and the convergence of different cultures and stories.

Amman is the last stop for the exhibition, which was held in several countries including India, Morocco, France, Cyprus and Portugal.

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