The ambitious display Australia: Defending the Oceans at the Heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art brings together 50 artists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. This installation presents six site specific projects across three floors, including artworks inside and outside the Museum walls. High profile Australian artists presenting work include Alick Tipoti of Badu (‘Mulgrave Island’), Brian Robinson of Waiben (‘Thursday Island’), and Sydney artist Jason Christopher who is working with Ken Thaiday Snr of Erub (‘Darnley Island’). As well, a number of artists from remote communities will also present works, including Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre (North Queensland), Erub Arts (Torres Strait, Queensland), Pormpuraaw Art Centre (Cape York, Queensland) and Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre South Australia (South Australia). Together the artists provide a visually spectacular showcase of contemporary Australian art. They also paint a vivid picture of the cultural revival which has been building momentum in the Torres Strait this decade, and which is seeing next generation artists invigorate old world traditions with new world artistic practices.
Defending the Oceans will sit alongside two other exhibitions as part of Taba Naba. Living Waters which presents contemporary works by Aboriginal artists from central desert regions and Oceania Islanders: Past Masters in Navigation and Artistic Expression, which explores the connection to the sea shared by Pacific Islanders. Together the three form a powerful reminder of the seafaring traditions of island communities that have cared for our oceans for millennia. Through their works and their world vision, these artists hope to raise awareness about the dangers of pollution affecting the oceans. Taba Naba – Australia, Oceania, Arts of the Sea People is by far the most complete and ambitious project ever undertaken on this subject by Indigenous artists in Europe.
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