Evolution: Torres Strait Masks
National Exhibition Register
Vincent Babia Zei Sagulaw Mawa
- Image Credit
- Saibai/Seisia, Kalaw Kawaw Ya language group - Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Photograph by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.
Alick Tipoti Koedal Awgadhalayg
- Image Credit
- Badhu (Badu), Kala Lagaw Ya language group - Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Photograph by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.
About the exhibition
Masks from Zenadh Kes (Thursday Island) are striking objects of deep ritual and historical significance. While rooted in ancient protocols and spirituality, masks and mask making are celebrated today as expressions of artistic and cultural revival.
Evolution: Torres Strait Masks presents a rich history of mask making in the Torres Strait. The commissioned works of eight artists in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula take visitors on a journey that highlights the evolution of the mask in Torres Strait Islander ceremonies and culture; from the Haddon expedition and visits by early maritime explorers through to contemporary art practice and its continuing significance in the present day.
This exhibition is a partnership between the National Museum of Australia and the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and it's parent body the Torres Strait Regional Authority.
Artists and Curator
- Leitha Assan and Alick Tipoti
Andrew Passi, Eddie Nona, Vincent Babia, Kapua Gutchen Senior, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti, Milton Savage and Seriat Young.
Available Dates and
- Available dates
- 01/08/2020 - 31/12/2020
- Exhibition size
- Over 100 sq or running metres
- Originating state
- Organised by
- National Museum of Australia and Gab Titui Cultural Centre
- Contact to discuss
- Web Site
- Other materials
- The National Museum offers digital access programs including a live video connection to a Museum Educator or Curator. Gab Titui Culural Centre can provide support with public programs.
- Primary contact
- Catherine Czerw
- Travelling Exhibitions Officer
- National Museum of Australia
- 02 6208 5047
- Developed by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with Gab Titui Cultural Centre with the assistance of the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.