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Uli: Powerful Ancestors from the Pacific

July 20 @ 6:30 pm 9:30 pm

$5.00 – $20.00

A presentation by Professor Jean-Philippe Beaulieu

Date: Wednesday 20 July 2022
Location: National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, NSW. Red Theatre
Time: 6:30 pm Registration and drinks, 7:00 pm Lecture

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Ulis are iconic Oceanic art objects.

These powerful ancestral figures were presented in Malagan ceremonies in central New Ireland in Papua New Guinea.They are very rare.

Professor Beaulieu has a passion for Malgan arts and traditions. He has worked for many years to identify over 220 ulis located in museums and private collections around the globe. In addition, he has identified the field collectors for nearly 150, as well as, for a large fraction, the collection village and the originating village.

Ulli: Powerful Ancestors from the Pacific by Jean-Philippe Beaulieu
Published in English by Primedia, Belgium
245 x 330 mm; 392 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 978 29601375 4 5

In this lecture, he will take you on a journey following old diaries forgotten in libraries, letters and old photos. The lecture will travel from the museums and private collections to the abandoned village of Konombin hidden in the hills and one of the most important ritual sites.

About the lecturer

Professor Jean-Philippe Beaulieu, Ph.D., is Director of Research at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and holds the inaugural David Warren Endowed Chair of Astrophysics at the University of Tasmania.

Astrophysicist by day, Beaulieu is also a dedicated historian and ethnologist with a keen interest in Malagan art and traditions. He regularly writes on New Ireland artefacts for Christie’s and Sotheby’s and published his monographic study of uli figures from central New Ireland in September 2021. The book includes a large number of previously unpublished archival photographs and documents. A copy will be available at the lecture for perusal.

Forbes St & Burton St
Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia
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