Posted by: Debra Kolkka | October 2, 2011

A Celebration of the Torres Strait Islands

Before I share lovely Paris with you I would like to show you the Torres Strait Island exhibition currently on at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. It is on for just a couple of weeks longer and you should go if you can.
The Torres Strait region is located between the northern tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea and is made up of 270 islands, 17 of which are inhabited.
I loved this exhibition. Take a look at some of the incredible things on display.

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I loved the crabs at the entrance.

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This was one of my favorite rooms.

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Take a closer look at the grass people.

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The bronze dugong mother and baby are just lovely.

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What could be better than an orange room full of beautiful baskets.

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Here is another dugong and baby.

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I think I need this turtle seat for my courtyard.

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It comes with it’s own container for turtle eggs.

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The woven baskets in this room are particularly delicate and beautiful.

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The sea is obviously important to island people.

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The next room was full of fascinating masks and ceremonial head dress.

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The detail in these pieces is amazing.

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The shark and crocodile are incredible.

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The shark is made from turtle shell.

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The crocodile is carved from wood.

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I think the gallery does a wonderful job of displaying these works.

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These are hand held women’s dance instruments.

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The exhibition ends soon. If you can get to GoMA, I suggest you do so.

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Responses

  1. Thank you for the visit to the museum, every piece of art is fantastic. I too want to bring home the turtle seat for my yard!

    • The turtle seat is amazing. I wonder if they take orders.

  2. How absolutely wonderful. How I wish I could be there. This post is so fab that I am goint to email it to some friends. Thanks Deb. Enjoy Paris!

    • The exhibition was excellent. I wish I had gone sooner. I should have been there every week. It is free and so close to home.

  3. very nice!

  4. Beautiful art exhibition and photos.
    While in Paris, I strongly recommend one of our favourite restaurants: “Au pied de cochon” http://www.pieddecochon.com/

    • I will definitely try the restaurant. I trust your suggestions always.

  5. What a fascinating exhibition. All the art work looks amazing and so beautifully displayed. Love the grass people!

  6. How beautiful, I like especially the hand bags!

  7. thanks for this Deb – there was a story about it on Artscape on channel 2 yesterday. I am now inspired to walk across the Kurilpa Bridge at lunch time and see the exhibition.
    Alison

    • You really need to see this one, it is great.

  8. Great blog Deb. I must go & have a look. I went to the Museum a few days ago as it is now shut for renovations. They had a big indigenous display also. Love your photos.

  9. Thank you for this fantastic art photographs, with my love, nia


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