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Fish Hooks and Moving Trees

Fish Hooks and Moving Trees

BEMAC presents Fish Hooks and Moving Trees Pacific Transformations in Australia, a Queensland travelling exhibition that showcases Pacific contemporary art, artefacts and and community cultural heritage from Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia.

An increasingly diverse number of Pacific Islanders make Queensland their home and they now form our largest migrant population.

Fish Hooks showcases both the historical and unusual Pacific Islander artifacts from the 1870s along side the colorful, inventive, contemporary visual arts that are being created today.

The exhibition is a crossroads where the ancestors, in the form of cultural objects from museum collections, rub shoulders and chat with their most contemporary warrior Pacific artists and their community people in the Australian diaspora.

Stingray skin, fish vertebrae, human hair, wood, coconut palm in all its forms, pandanus… stand alongside photographic imagery, contemporary flax weaving, multi media body adornments, synthetic fiber works, copper baskets, painting and carvings of the 21st century.

Commencing the 6th of November 2015 at Queensland Multicultural Centre until 15th January 2016, Fish Hooks and Moving Trees will travel to Bundaberg, Mackay, Gladstone in 2016, and, Grafton and Beaudesert during the first half of 2017.

Image courtesy of: Chantal Fraser, detail: #traditional#blurredlines (left), Serge Ah-Wong, detail: Lauma-gu (My Spirit) (right)

Event Snapshot

Dates: Friday 6 November - Friday 15 January
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: Free
Address: 102 Main St Kangaroo Point