Don’t miss this exhibition of Torres Strait Islander artwork currently showing at the Arts Centre Melbourne Gallery 1 until Sunday 23 June. The exhibition includes enormous prints, elaborate masks and headdresses along with an extensive range of performance objects. Featured artists include Alick Tipoti, Brian Robinson, Ricardo Idagi, and Ellen Jose.
This Friday 12 April at 11am and Sunday 14 April at 2pm, Arts Centre Melbourne, Gallery 1 the exhibition will be celebrated with a very special, live public performance by Alick Tipoti and The Badu Island Zugubal Traditional Dancers.
The Badu Island Zugubal Traditional Dancers comprises of five men from Badu Island in the Torres Strait.
Inspired by Alick Tipoti’s traditional songs, chants, and choreography, in addition to drawing from ancient language and movements, the troupe present themselves in elaborate costumes, masks and headdresses while performing an intricate dance, calling the spiritual ancestors of the past. This will be their first performance in Melbourne as a group.
Performative Prints from the Torres Strait presents a one-of-a-kind exhibition celebrating the links between traditional performance and contemporary art from the Torres Strait. The exhibit showcases dynamic and theatrical works by Alick Tipoti, Brian Robinson, Ricardo Idagi, and Ellen Jose, all prominent Torres Strait Islander artists who have found inspiration from their rich cultural heritage. Staged in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Gallery 1 until Sunday 23 June 2013, Performative Prints from the Torres Strait presents a new way to experience indigenous art and culture.
The exhibition includes enormous prints, elaborate masks and headdresses along with an extensive range of performance objects. Stand out pieces include Alick Tipoti’s monumental eight metre long black and white linoprint, Girelal, a highlight of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, and significantly the first time a Torres Strait artist had been chosen to exhibit at the event. Alick is joined by Brian Robinson, a respected and ground-breaking Torres Strait Islander curator at Cairns Regional Gallery who has returned to art-making full-time in the last decade and Ricardo Idagi, who first achieved recognition as a musician, performing as King Kadu before rising to national prominence as a senior visual artist. Accompanying the exhibition is Melbourne-based Torres Strait Islander artist Ellen José’s evocative film, Song Journey, which expresses the vital role of language and song in maintaining connections and reinforcing identity among the local Torres Strait Islander community.
For more information visit www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183.