Kastom: art of Vanuatu

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Author Crispin Howarth, with Kirk Huffman
ISBN 9780642334336
Pages 96 pages
Materials illustrated in full colour
Size 22 cm x 27 cm
Weight 0.54 kilograms


Kastom: art of Vanuatu showcases a unique collection of the National Gallery of Australia. During the early 1970s, an impressive array of traditional art was acquired through a program of field collecting on the islands of Ambrym and Malakula. Part of this collection is now richly illustrated for the first time in this book accompanying an exhibition of works created for ritual events in Vanuatu. These intensely visual works of art—realised in wood, over-modelled with clay, feathers, pig tusks, stone and other surprising mediums such as tree fern—are insightfully discussed in the book. It is surprising these kastom arts are remarkably unchanged to those from over ago, despite a century of colonial and Christian influences. In Vanuatu, kastom remains an inseparable part of their culture.