Abdul Abdullah at the Cairns Art Gallery

9 Jun 2021

RITUAL: THE PAST IN THE PRESENT extends the Cairns Art Gallery’s research interest in contemporary art practices within the Asia Pacific region and the world’s tropic zone. This research explores the many different and complex narratives, histories, traditions and beliefs which inform art produced by contemporary artists in Australia and cultures in other regions.

In this group exhibition, it broadly comprises of works that respond to three main themes – life cycles, healing and renewal, and spiritual practices. These themes include traditional child naming rituals, initiation, marriage, death and more. They also investigate different ways of making sacrificial and other offerings as a form of celebration and contrition, as well as connections and communications with ancestral beings and spirits who continue to guide and shape the present world.

Curated by Julietta Park, Teho Ropeyarn and Kylie Burke.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Image: Abdul Abdullah, The wedding (Conspiracy to commit), 2015, digital print