The Mentawai of Indonesia

When:

Mon 28 May 2018, 12:00pm–10:00pm
Tue 29 May 2018, 12:00pm–10:00pm
Wed 30 May 2018, 12:00pm–10:00pm
Thu 31 May 2018, 12:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 1 Jun 2018, 12:00pm–10:00pm

Where: The ArtHouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: guyneedham

The indigenous Mentawai people live in an island group 150km off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Considered one of the planet's most ancient tribes, today they are still found deep in the island jungle.

The Mentawai have a unique culture with their own language, totally different from the rest of Indonesia. ​Most of the older villagers are decorated with tattoos and Mentawai women are known for their sharpened teeth. The men are expert hunters, to this day still using arrows tipped with poison made from the forest.

This exhibition is a testament to their simple way of life and pure sense of self. The monochrome images use contrast in a wider sense, echoing the differences between their uncluttered lives and ours, while playing on the concept of individuality within a group. It is designed to inform by self-questioning prioritisation in the Western world.

The Mentawai  of Indonesia is the latest photographic exhibition from Guy Needham,  an international photographer noted for his work with indigenous tribes. This exhibition, part of Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival, is the third in his Tribal Series, following on from The Hamar of Ethiopia and The Huli of Papua New Guinea.

It will run at the Graffiti Restaurant and Wine Bar.

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