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Moana Ahwang | George Gabey | Laura De Jersey | Jimmy K Thaiday

Gab Titui | Bulmba-ja Facade

16 December — 31 January 2023

Bulmba-ja, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns City, 4870
Image courtesy of NorthSite Contemporary Arts

Vibrant marine life stories of Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait Islands) abound through the Gab Titui Cultural Centre offering on the Bulmba-ja art centre digital façade.

Featuring artworks from Moana Ahwang, George Gabey, Laura De Jersey, and Jimmy K Thaiday, seafaring scenes portray crayfish freediving in bommies and dugong feeding trails in the shallows, with Spanish mackerel game fish, mating turtles, and birds in flight.

The shape of dugongs in the dhari (headdress) symbolically align with the swimming shark illustrating cultural connection. Depicting ancestorial totems and patterning through painting and linocut techniques relates deep knowledge and listening to the endemic wildlife that traverses and calls the region home.

The Bulmba-ja facade project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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