The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Myth and Magic This evoca­tively in­stalled ex­hi­bi­tion of art from the Sepik River area of Pa­pua New Guinea in­tro­duces us to a dark world of magic and head­hunt­ing, which could not be fur­ther from the kitsch idea of tribal cul­tures liv­ing in a har­mo­nious re­la­tion to na­ture. These are peo­ple who live in fear: above all, the fear of the head­hunt­ing raids to which they are sub­ject and that they, in turn, visit on neigh­bour­ing tribes, for heads con­tain the most po­tent magic of all.

Christo­pher Allen Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Place, Can­berra. Daily, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. Book­ings: (02) 6240 6411 or online. Un­til Novem­ber 1.

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