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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.

Bipotaim: Stories from the Torres Strait was on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from September 2011 until 27 April 2014. Bipotaim means 'before time' in Torres Strait Creole and refers in a general way to 'olden times'.

The exhibition featured striking photographs, stories and objects about the lives, culture and identity of Torres Strait Islanders.

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.

View some of the portraits

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

Bipotaim was developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre in partnership with the National Museum of Australia.

audio_w15 Listen to the exhibition launch, 15 September 2011