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TORRES STRAIT

Alick Tipoti: The echo of the drum

My art is based on legends of the Torres Strait where I depict my interpretations of the land, the sea, the sky, and the many different living creatures and spirits that exist here – as with other artists, I use my art as an educational tool, teaching people about important cultural events, practices and beliefs from the past.

'Language stands in the middle, art branches off from that, performing art, dance, song, any practice in life from our Melanesian culture branches off of that'

ALICK TIPOTI and PETER HYLANDS are on Badu Island in the Torres Strait.

Alick Tipoti: Mawa mask

On the back beach on Badu Island the discussion turns to the importance of language in preserving precious indigenous cultures and customs. ALICK TIPOTI says:

“Language stands in the middle, art branches off from that, performing art, dance, song, any practice in life from our Melanesian culture branches off of that.”

PETER HYLANDS had this to say at the Queensland launch of Zugub, the mask, the spirits and the stars at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Cairns during the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2012:

Visual art is made powerful when it is combined with music and dance. That is of course the way it has always been in Aboriginal and Melanesian culture since deep time. 

In Queensland, the place in Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures come together, there has been a remarkable resurgence and a growing international interest in the art and culture of this place. The region’s art centres have played their part in this bounce back of culture, and their meeting place with the world, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, has become their stage.

As ALICK’s film travels the globe, ALICK will once again become an ambassador for Queensland and Australia, an ambassador in visual art, in song and performance, and in leadership.

ANDREA HYLANDS and I would like to extend our warm thanks to everyone who contributed to making this film, the elders and community on Badu, ALICK and his family of course, to Kickarts, to Canopy Artspace, to Editions Tremblay and to our startling dance performers.

All the winds do belong to them.

Thank you.

The film Zugub, the mask, the spirits and the stars takes us on a journey into the mind, heart and eye of artist ALICK TIPOTI. The film can be viewed online on creative-iTV and purchased on DVD from the Creative cowboy films website.

Zugubal Dancers and Creative cowboy films crew, KickArts, Cairns