Island Futures


More than just a physical structure, home is about people, place, purpose, and a connection. That feeling you get when you know you’re ‘home’. It evolves and changes like we do and reflects who we are at any given time.

Although this room looks like any other, it’s not about the material objects you see but rather what they represent. As a whole, this room is a vessel, embodying a constant awareness of the past, present and future. It’s a relational space where the physical, spiritual, cultural and environmental come together in harmony, showcasing Torres Strait Islanders’ unique understanding of the world and the future.

Old Ways

Old Ways are at the core of Torres Strait Islander being. It is a lifelong process of learning and is a presence that is embedded within our soul. 

Handed down orally through the generations, Old Ways inform cultural identity, family and community responsibilities, as well as understanding and maintaining the surrounding environments.

The objects in this section embody the Old Ways within the home, the village and the individual.

New Ways

Torres Strait Islander culture has not remained static. It has adapted to not just survive but to thrive. This change is manifested in the creation of new songs, dances, materials and artistic expression. 

However, new creations still acknowledge the Old Ways and maintain important connections to bloodlines and histories for generations of Torres Strait Islanders to come. 

Without New Ways, we couldn’t look forward with a blueprint of hope for the future.

New Challenges

When you leave home, there’s an expectation that you can always return. 

But what if you couldn’t? Zenadth Kes is facing the harsh realities of rising seas. Some challenges are natural; some are man-made; yet each impacts the other. 

Torres Strait Islanders’ cultures and languages are inextricably linked to the place they call ‘home’, which, for Torres Strait Islanders, is more than a physical structure or material objects. It is the interconnectedness between people, place and knowledge.

How can you maintain a strong sense of identity and place if your island is underwater?