Ilan Pasin is the first major exhibition of Torres Strait Islander presented in Australia.
Queensland is unique amongst all of the states in Australia in being the traditional home of two different Indigenous communities. The Torres Strait Islander people who originate from the islands located between Australia and Papua New Guinea, have teir own unique cultural traditions from the Aboriginal people of the mainland.
Ilan Pasin: Torres Strait Art is the first touring exhibition in Australia to examine the historical and contemporary works of the Torres Strait people.
Ilan Pasin translates from Creole as 'this is our way' and refers to the culture and lifestyle of the people, their way of doing everything. The exhibition has been developed by Torres Strait Islander curator Tom Mosby, originally from Yam Island and artist Brian Robinson who are showing their culture from an Islander perspective.
The Cairns Art Gallery acknowledges the Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji and Yirrganydji as the Traditional Owners of the area today known as Cairns. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, names or voices of deceased persons in photographs, film or text.