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The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Planner - OCEAN FILM FES­TI­VAL AUS­TRALIA Un­til Fe­bru­ary 4 Cairns Re­gional Gallery MASKS AND HEAD­DRESSES FROM THE PER­MA­NENT COL­LEC­TION: KRAR A DARI Un­til Jan­uary 29

De­signed to mes­merise and en­thral, the Ocean Film Fes­ti­val Aus­tralia show­cases more than two hours of sub­lime footage taken above and be­low the wa­ter’s sur­face. On at The Theatre, Cen­tre of Con­tem­po­rary Arts Cairns from March 2-4, the films fea­ture cap­ti­vat­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy, com­plete with awe-in­spir­ing un­der­wa­ter scenes and fast-paced wave se­quences that have been cap­tured from un­be­liev­able van­tage points. More at www.ocean­film­fes­ti­valaus­ h e Home Grown Images ex­am­ines the im­pact of the Far North on Ian Smith’s artis­tic ca­reer, through a sur­vey of works from the 1980s to to­day. Im­agery of fam­ily sits com­fort­ably among land­scapes of the re­gion – from the Reef to the rain­for­est and the high­ways that in­ter­sect. Through this Smith con­structs a nar­ra­tive that ex­plores the dy­namic evo­lu­tion of the re­gion that he still calls home. This ex­hibit fea­tures the works of Ken Thai­day Snr, Obery Sambo, All­son Edrick Tabaui, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti. The prac­tice of mask and head­dress mak­ing is a long and en­dur­ing art­form through­out the Tor­res Strait Is­lands. Be­fore the Com­ing of the Light in 1871, when Chris­tian­ity was in­tro­duced to the Is­lands, the pro­duc­tion of cer­e­mo­nial ob­jects for use in elab­o­rate rit­ual was com­mon. Masks are still cre­ated to­day and used as a vis­ual in­ter­me­di­ary, con­nect­ing the liv­ing and spirit realms dur­ing cer­e­mony.

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