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Gab Titui Cultural Centre Announces Coming of the Light Exhibition

150ZK Truth Telling: Coming of the Light Zenadth Kes 150 Years Exhibition

To commemorate 150 years since Coming of the Light, the Gab Titui Cultural Centre has collaborated with Torres Strait Artists, Badu Arts, Erub Arts and Moa Arts to curate and present the 150ZK Truth Telling: Coming of the Light Zenadth Kes 150 Years Exhibition (150ZK Exhibition).

The joint initiative conducts curatorial research into customary and contemporary influences of religion, since the First Contact in 1871. It investigates various impacts on Torres Strait Islanders and their way of life, exploring the loss of traditional language, artefacts and Ailan Kastom.

Centred around truth-telling, the exhibition will provoke conversations amongst congregations and community to reflect on our history and the many facets of faith now practiced across Zenadth Kes.

Torres Strait Regional Authority Chairperson Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM, said “the exhibition is highly anticipated by the Torres Strait community,”

“Coming of the Light is an annual milestone event, celebrated by Torres Strait Islanders across the world with church services and re-enactments performed from 1-8 July,” Chair Stephen explained.

“In the 150ZK Exhibition, selected artists express their interpretations of Christianity and depict sub-themes of transformation, reformation and identity.”

Cascading through the Wabunaw Geth Gallery and the Ephraim Bani Gallery, the 150ZK Exhibition combines art and history to create a chronological journey across the evolution of religion, whilst encouraging visitors to reflect on their own relationship with Christianity and the Coming of the Light.

The 150ZK Truth Telling: Coming of the Light Zenadth Kes 150 Years Exhibition is set to open on the 17 June 2021 and will be on show until 21 August 2021.

Exhibition catalogues, merchandise and memorabilia will soon be available to purchase online at shop.gabtitui.gov.au

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