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Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

Evolution: Masks from the Torres Strait

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Exhibition tour dates

Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville 24 March – 2 September 2018

Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Waiben (Thursday Island), in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, this exhibition explores the longstanding importance of masks in Torres Strait culture and how they influence contemporary art forms.

  • Cultural mask with brown, yellow ochre and red facial tones, and white wavy hair.
    Wezamarimus
  • Cultural mask with brown, yellow ochre and red facial tones, and white wavy hair.
    Burrburr
  • Cultural mask with black and ochre tones, feathers, and other materials.
    Naga Mawa
  • Cultural mask with white and brown tones and feathers for hair
    Keris

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Gab Titui on Waiben (Thursday Island) is a contemporary art gallery and keeping place for historical and cultural materials. Evolution lead curator Leitha Assan and guest curator Alick Tipoti commissioned artists to design the masks, which were first displayed at Gab Titui in 2016.

The National Museum of Australia, which celebrates a longstanding relationship with the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, is delighted to partner with Gab Titui to present this travelling exhibition. Evolution was on show at the National Museum in Canberra from 19 May to 23 July 2017.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre .  Australian Government Torres Strait Regional Authority