Alick Tipoti is recognised as one of the Torres Strait Islands’ most dynamic contemporary artists. Growing up on Badu Island, he learnt the traditional stories and Kala Lagaw Ya language from his parents. Tipoti is a passionate ambassador for his culture, language and the traditions of his people and Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait Islands).
This powerful exhibition includes complex and intricately carved prints, ceremonial masks and large carved sculptures. The title for the exhibition pays respect to Zugubal who are the spiritual ancestors that guide the living through the seasons and cosmology. Tipoti connects with his spiritual ancestors through his arts practice and performance and in turn uses these art forms to promote and strengthen his culture for future generations.
Image: Alick Tipoti: Zugub, the mask, the spirits and the stars (film stills), 2012 running time 70 mins Courtesy Creative cowboy films © MMXII Creative cowboy Pty Ltd