DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
James ESELI | Headdress: World War II fighter aeroplane

ESELI, James
Australia 1929
Headdress: World War II fighter aeroplane
Grey head-dress with white strip at front, and red and white Union Jack on both sides. Grey fighter plane, white propeller, red and white teeth motif, white "F2", red circle with white inside. On tail - red/white union jack with white southern cross, red/ 1996
mixed media
60.0 (h) x 60.0 (w) x 39.0 (d) cm
Purchased 1996
NGA 1996.1097

Eseli‘s contemporary dance regalia is informed by a knowledge of traditional practices and the experience of change and adaptation of Islander people. Construction of items for dance performance is specific to Torres Strait Islander arts practice. Like Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders have a history of adapting to and accommodating imposed change. Eseli is no exception: his work reflects ingenuity and innovation in adapting to new resources.

Eseli’s various aeroplane headdresses document the influences on Torres Strait Island life during and since World War II.

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