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2015 GAMAA FINALIST: Torres Strait Regional Authority, Gab Titui Cultural Centre


The aim of Evolution: Torres Strait Masks was to highlight the continuing importance of these masks, their evolution from the past and influence on present day contemporary art forms. Masks are representational of ancestral, supernatural and/or totemic beings that form an important component in the traditional beliefs of Torres Strait Islanders. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey from time immemorial when masks were used in ceremonial rituals involving art, theatre and dance. It tells of how these historic artefacts, now kept in national and international institutions, have inspired new works and how these are constantly developing and changing.

Irrespective of the impact of cultural desecration that post-colonialism had caused in the Torres Strait, the art of creating masks and choreographing new dances is part of a continuing cultural tradition.

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks was curated by the Gab Titui Operations and Exhibitions Manager and Gallery Officer, with the invaluable support of award-winning Badu Island artist, Alick Tipoti.


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