Sat 27 Apr 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Cairns Art Gallery, corner of Shields St and Abbott St, Cairns
Contact person: Cairns Art Gallery
Companion card: no
Join artist Vincent Babia and Mona Townson, Seisia Community Speaker, at Cairns Art Gallery for the official opening of Koey Buwai Mab: Migration from Saibai Island to Cape York.
The opening event will also feature fantastic performances by dance groups Seisia Kayin Thithuyil and Guba Markai.
About the exhibition and artist
The story of a voluntary mass migration of a community from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait to the mainland after World War II, is explored in a new exhibition by Vincent Babia.
Babia is a descendant of the Ait Kodal (Crocodile clan) and Samu (Cassowary clan) from Saibai Island and his family is one of many that relocated from Saibai to mainland Australia in the 1940s and 50s. He is a highly regarded sculptor of ceremonial masks, canoes and drums with works represented in the National Gallery of Australia. In this exhibition, Babia traces the stories of Saibai Island culture and the pearl luggers’ journeys from the island to the mainland, through sculptures and related vinyl cut prints.
26 April to 9 June 2019.Add to my calendar