Sor Kobir 1, Andrew Passi - Mer (Murray Island), Meriam Mer language group, Gabi Titui Cultural Centre

An exhibition of 12 striking masks and related cultural materials celebrating the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) opens this Saturday, 26 October, at the Museum of Geraldton.

On display for the first time in Western Australia, Evolution: Torres Strait Masks explores the long-standing importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they influence contemporary art forms.

The masks have been created by contemporary Torres Strait artists Andrew Passi, Eddie Nona, Vincent Babia, Kapua Gutchen Senior, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti, Milton Savage and Seriat Young.

Museum of Geraldton Manager Leigh O’Brien said the exhibition showcased significant objects from ancient masks to today’s mask-making.

Evolution provides visitors with the opportunity to engage with the cultures of the Torres Strait region and I encourage everybody to come and see it for themselves,” she said.

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks is a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia developed in partnership with the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program. The exhibition is free and opens at the Museum of Geraldton on Saturday 26 October until Sunday 2 February 2020.

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