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Bipotaim: Stories from the Torres Strait

WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this exhibition includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Sesel Kaku, Saibai Island. Photo: David Callow.
Sesel Kaku, Saibai Island. Photo: David Callow.

Now showing in Canberra

Until 27 April 2014. Free.
National Museum of Australia, Torres Strait Islander Gallery

Bipotaim: Stories from the Torres Strait is an exhibition of striking photographs, stories and objects about the lives, culture and identity of Torres Strait Islanders. Bipotaim means 'before time' in Torres Strait Creole and refers in a general way to 'olden times'.

People from islands across Australia's northern frontier are depicted in David Callow's portraits. They compare current and traditional ways and practices and reflect on changes that have occurred in the Torres Strait during their lives.

The photographs in Bipotaim are complemented by objects from the National Museum's Torres Strait Islander collections.

View some of the portraits


Bipotaim was developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre in partnership with the National Museum of Australia. The exhibition is on show at the National Museum in Canberra until 27 April 2014.

audio_w15 Listen to the exhibition launch, 15 September 2011