A unique exhibition featuring works of Torres Strait Islander art will be held at Museum MACAN, Jakarta from 19 May to 4 June 2023, taking the theme Ghost Nets: Awakening the Drifting Giants, which features 18 handcrafted pieces of art from fishing trawl waste (ghost nets) assembled by a group of Torres Strait Islanders, Erub Arts.
Inspired by the sea that connects Australia and Indonesia, this unique exhibition showcases contemporary Torres Strait Islander art creating a platform for exploring various environmental challenges, including plastic waste reduction and marine conservation.
“Showcasing groups of fish, sea turtles, and a family of giant manta rays, this collection of works of art combines Torres Strait Islander culture, contemporary art, and environmental advocacy,” said Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Penny Williams PSM.
“This reuse of fishing trawlers not only empowers the reuse of plastic waste but also encourages discussion of how we can all contribute to reducing plastic waste and to better protecting our oceans,” he said.
“We are very pleased to work with the Australian Embassy to bring this initiative to Indonesia, to share the creative work of Erub Arts and the culture of the artist group Erubam of the Torres Strait Islands to our audience,” said Aaron Seeto, Director of Museum MACAN.
Still, in conjunction with this exhibition, the Australian Embassy Jakarta and Museum MACAN will also hold a series of educational workshops for students and artist talks led by Jimmy John Thaiday with Lavinia Ketchell of Erub Arts.
For more info, visit museummacan.org/exhibition/