Looking to the stars: 2016 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition

@JCU Looking to the stars: 2016 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition

Looking to the stars: 2016 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition

Ad Wer

Image: Wal (Two of Tagai's Crew) linocut print by Tommy Pau

Ad Wer: Story of the Stars from Eastern Torres Strait is a body of linocut print artworks by Tommy Pau based on the constellations and the science of astronomy used by eastern Torres Strait Islanders.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Professor Martin Nakata, the newly appointed JCU Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Strategy).

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition is held on the anniversary of the naming of the University Library on the Townsville Campus after Eddie Koiki Mabo - a Torres Strait Islander activist, and former JCU staff member and student.

It also celebrates the anniversary of the release of the JCU Reconciliation statement on May 21, 2008.

Tommy Pau’s Ad Wer exhibition draws on Torres Strait Islander astronomical knowledge.

The methodology of the Torres Strait Islanders has been careful observation over thousands of years. Each observation recorded and etched into their memories and passed down verbally and orally to the next generation.

The Islanders compare these natural seasonal timestamp changes so they are able to predict future planning for agriculture and hunting. These events are etched into memories and experiences.

Torres Strait Islanders observed the stars to govern their cosmos; to navigate, to plan, to plant, to study symbiotic relationships of space and time. This tells them when to hunt, plant seasonal foods and perform timely annual ceremonies.

Pau sourced his information from casual conversations with elders present, elders past and ethnography works on the Torres Strait. The intent of this exhibition is to preserve, educate and provoke future studies on the science of stars Torres Strait Islanders used in their cosmology. This knowledge is fast disappearing as the contemporary generations become more reliant on modern technology and methods. 

The exhibition is also being toured by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts.

For more information, click here

The following library blog link has information as well http://jculibrarynews.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/2016-eddie-koiki-mabo-commemorative-art.html

For more information about Tommy, visit: https://umbrella.org.au/author/tommy-pau-956/


Details of exhibition: 

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition 2016

Ad Wer: Story of the Stars from Eastern Torres Strait an exhibition by Tommy Pau, toured by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts.

Friday May 20th to Sunday June 26th 2016

Free and open to the public (The opening night on Friday May 20 is invite-only)