Bertini's fieldwork with the Maldhari camel herders of the Kachchh, Rann and Rajasthan regions of North Western India was sponspored by the Australian High Commission in India. Working closely with these creatively rich indigenous communities, Bertini's work beautifully documents this declining migratory culture. She was invited to show these works in a solo exhibition at the Indira Ghandi Centre for the Arts in New Delhi.
The works in ‘Common Ground’ are framed by traditional textiles indigenous to the area. Bertini collaborated with local desert communities on the scarves, dowry bags and wedding shawls she uses in her paintings, each an intrinsic part of the Maldhari way of life. Her works produced in this time bear witness to the desert migration of these people in a celebration of the life and landscape.
“As a fellow desert traveler, cameleer and artist-explorer, the opportunity to know and work with the Maldhari and their culture was an invaluable experience. We share a special affinity, a collegiality through our relationship to desert lands and our instinctive artistic compulsions.” Bertini continues “It has illuminated the extraordinary value of the cultural material that flows from some of the most seemingly harsh and inhospitable places on the planet.”