Kwoman Koromb or Spirit House builders of the Sepik, and the Omie barkcloth artists of Oro Province.
PNG art cannot just sit there in silence. Storytelling is its first accompaniment. There were sing-sing performances at the exhibition opening, along with films showing the performances of the legendary PNG band Sanguma.
McDougall wants Australia to recognise its colonial past in PNG and go on to rejoice in the vibrancy and strength of its No. 1 Neighbour today.
The QAG has also published a a lively and colourful catalogue about the exhibition, with essays on individual artists and groups. ■ See qagoma.qld.gov.au.
— JEREMY ECCLES