DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002

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tactile /tak-tuyl/ adj. 1 of the sense of touch. 2 perceived by touch; tangible.

Tactility: Two centuries of Indigenous objects, textiles and fibre provides a visual overview of the diversity of Indigenous three-dimensional and material objects over almost two centuries, covering the range of traditional objects through to transitional works and recent conceptual and politically-charged artworks. Media includes sculpture, decorative arts, ceramics, textiles, weaving, ceremonial objects and conceptual works of art, drawn from all regions throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and the Torres Strait Islands.

In the earliest collecting forays for Indigenous material culture in Australia and the Torres Strait Islands, the collectors — usually anthropologists or missionaries — often neglected to record the identity of the creators, as the objects were considered more important than their makers. Consequently, a large number of early works in Tactility are noted as having been produced by ‘artist unknown’

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