Melanesia is part of Oceania, it stretches over a large area from the east of Indonesia as far as the Pacific Ocean. Isolation, hostile natural conditions and tribal conflicts resulted in the birth of a truly fascinating culture. The ubiquitous cult of the ancestors, the belief in the world of spirits, and the various ways to tame them, found their manifestation in the art and spectacular rituals that are in some places still practiced to this day.
The authors of the exhibition, Jerome F. Hamlin and Diana Dyjak Montes de Oca, visited Melanesia for the first time in 2011. They were looking for a prehistoric fish – lameria. When they had finished exploring the depths of the ocean, they took a look at what was happening above the sea level. Captivated by the culture of the Melanesians, they decided to document its external manifestations and the enchanted world of rituals. During the five-year journey, they gathered some really unique material that would find its way into this exhibition.
The authors of the exhibition – Jerome F. Hamlin and Diana Dyjak Montes de Oca
Curator: Tomasz Madej