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Alick Tipoti, Ai Pugaik

Alick Tipoti Ai Pugaik, 2007

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Alick Tipoti, Ai Pugaik
  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Print : linocut

  • Themes

    Aboriginal art, Etching

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    30.3 x 22.4 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Collector’s Guide

  • About the artwork

    "Ai Pugaik means cutting a turtle or manatee. In this print we see a young hunter cut a dhangal (Manatee). His hand is guided by the elders, shown on the right, who teach this skill. Women also play a very important role because they carry braided baskets in which the shares will be placed Beside Zogoaw Garka (the hunter who harpooned the dhangal), the women decide on the allocation of shares; they are the ones who prepare the food and serve their families. The dhangal is cut with the sharp edge of a mai (seashell). Inside the mai, a diagram shows how to cut the dhangal. The man reads the diagram while carving and the elders explain why it should be cut in this way.

    - Alick Tipoti

    • Tags
    • aboriginal art


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Alick Tipoti

Born in: 1975


Alick Tipoti is originally from the Torres Strait is guided by the traditional culture of his people. He believes in the Zugubal that his people have been telling him about for years.

He considers it to be his responsibility to put stories, genealogies, chants and other aspects of his culture into images, so that it stays accessible to the future generations; this way they can discover it, understand it and practice it.

Alick Tipoti speaks Kala Lagaw Ya, the language of the Maluilgal people from Zenadh Kes. He sees language as the essential ingredient that brings together all the wultures of the world today.

?Without your language you become a foreigner, lost in another persons culture. One of my favorite English word is analyze. In my language we call it Ses Tham or Thapul. Singing and dancing are forms of art that branch out from the centerpiece called language. Everything you do, traditionally or culturally, evolves from a language. When you know the language, you know your culture.?

He receives the traditional ZUGUB name, which allows him to get in contact with his ancestors, the ZUGUBAL. Thanks to this privileged connection, he can translate the words of his ancestors into his delicate and complex linocuts.

Alick Tipoti?s work is part of in collections such as those of the British Museum in London, the Musée des Confluences de Lyon, the Tjibaou Cultural Center in Nouméa, the Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in the US and in numerous Australian museums.
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Alick Tipoti, Ai Pugaik
Alick Tipoti, Ai Pugaik

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