Cairns Art Gallery

Ritual, the past in the present

Ritual, the past in the present, Indigenous North Australian and Asia Pacific Art' explores the hidden world of rituals through the eyes of more than 30 Australian Indigenous and Asian Pacific contemporary artists.

The exhibition presents works that respond to three main themes of life cycles, healing and spiritual practices. Together these themes encompass initiation, marriage, death and funeral ceremonies, healing rituals and the medicinal use of natural materials, body adornment, scarification, song, dance, drumming, intoning, the making of sacrificial and other offerings as an act of celebration and of contrition, and connectivity and communication with ancestral beings and spirits who continue to guide and shape the present world.

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Images: Simone ARNOL and Bernard SINGLETON Jnr, Medicine clay 2019-2020, Courtesy of the artists
Joel SAM, Umau Dhoeri Mawa 2020, photographer Michael Marzik
Naomi Hobson, The Promised One 2020 -2021, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
Brian Robinson, Influence over the seas (Cook Islands) 2020, Photo: Michael Marzik
Janet Fieldhouse, Comb Dance 2020, Courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Photo: Michael Marzik

Event starts
Monday 17 May, 2021
Event ends
Sunday 22 August, 2021
Cairns Art Gallery
Venue Address
40 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD 4870

Queensland ,

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