Issue 8
Monday, 05 June 2017
Charles Darwin University
Maria do Céu Lopes da Silva and one of the Atauro Island carvers
Maria do Céu Lopes da Silva and one of the Atauro Island carvers

Sculpting the history of Timor-Leste

Maria do Céu Lopes da Silva will give a floor-talk about her impressive collection of Atauro Island sculptures at the CDU Art Gallery on Wednesday at 5pm.

Maria was born and raised on Atauro Island, which is located 25km north of the Timor-Leste capital Dili. She will speak about how she came to collect her sculptures that are included in The Sculptures of Atauro Island, the current exhibition at the university’s gallery.

From late 1999 onwards, following the end of Indonesia’s occupation of Timor-Leste there was a risk of Atauro Island’s artistic heritage being lost as artisans sold whatever they had to the influx of foreign peacekeepers and aid workers in an attempt to secure desperately needed funds for their survival.

During the floor-talk Maria will tell the story of how she stepped in to secure the heritage of her home place and how, in doing so, she facilitated an identification and categorisation system for Atauro’s traditional artworks.

Location: CDU Art Gallery, Orange 12, Casuarina campus. Everyone is welcome.