Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

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26 October 2019 - 2 February 2020

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks showcases the rich history of mask making in the Torres Strait Islands (Zenadh Kes). WA Museum is proud to present this free and fascinating exhibition which takes visitors on a journey from time immemorial when masks were used in ceremonial rituals throughout the 274 islands that spread across some 48,000 square kilometres. Evolution is a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia developed in partnership with the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Waiben (Thursday Island) and assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program. Ancient masks—Kuyuku Zamiyak (head piece)—are unique to the world. They possess powers which allow one to connect with another realm. Gain insight into this deeply spiritual practice of mask making revived by eight proud contemporary artists who want to share this ancient culture and connect us to their spiritual forefathers. The exhibition features 12 striking masks, objects and cultural materials. Learn about the; Evolution of the mask in Torres Strait Islander culture; Reaction of the early maritime explorers to this practice; Many cultural protocols inherent in creating a mask; Performances and rituals that brought the masks to life; and Tools, techniques and materials used in mask-making.

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