Australia: Defending the Oceans Exhibition

Taba Naba, the hugely successful exhibition in Monaco of Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Island art, is coming to Paris.

Retitled “Australia: Defending the Oceans”, the exhibition – with the addition of 25 new works – will open on April 5 at L’Aquarium de Paris.

The aquarium will be open for sponsored events through the exhibition, and a big function is being planned for June 1 to coincide with World Ocean’s Day. A number of the Australian artists will be coming to Paris for the event.

More than half a million people visited the exhibition at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco last summer, said the man behind the idea and its senior curator, ABIE member Stephane Jacob.

More than 14 institutions around the world have shown interest in presenting the works, including an invitation to show during the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York in June, a top-level meeting that will discuss the sustainability of the seas.  In 2018 it will travel to the UK.

The exhibition (see story below on its opening in March last year) is made up of “ghost net” sculptures, colourful sea creatures woven by Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders from fishing nets abandoned at sea by giant trawlers.

“L’Aquarium de Paris is the perfect venue for Defending the Oceans”, said Stephane.  “We want to draw attention to the degradation of our seas, but also show the diversity and beauty of them.”

For further information and to register for the June 1 event please visit Arts d’Australie.