San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Fair is the premiere show of it's kind in the United States attracting renowned exhibitors from all around the globe. More than 70 exhibitors will showcase the arts of tribal cultures and indigenous peoples of all continents. The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show displays museum-quality objects and artifacts in visually striking settings perfect for browsing by tribal art collectors, first-time guests and art enthusiasts.

Australia with it's rich history in Tribal arts is this new edition featured country.
After touring the USA with shows in the headquarters of the United Nations (New York) and the University of Virginia (Charlottesville),
the exhibition "Australia: Defending the Ocean. Ghostnet Art" will frame the entrance of the show and feature 20 large sea creatures.

San Francisco Tribal Art Fair

A disaster is occurring in the seas of northeastern Australia. Driven by ocean currents, abandoned fishing nets are accumulating in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait, not far from the Great Barrier Reef. Made of plastic these “ghostnets” are very slow to degrade. For years, they drift in the sea, trapping the rich array of marine life including endangered species such as sea turtles, sharks, rays, sawfish, whales,etc. Eventually they fall to the bottom of the sea, suffocating the seabed and coral reefs, resulting in long-term damage to the marine environment.

Indigenous Australians were among the first to identify the harm caused by ghostnets. This is unsurprising because for thousands of years they have retained and passed down extensive cultural knowledge of plant and animal life. This knowledge includes “caring for country,” a phrase that generally describes the efforts of maintaining and sustaining their relationships with the land and sea.

Since 2009, an artistic movement has emerged in northern Australia. Indigenous artists have been appropriating these “ghostnets” and incorporating them in their artistic creations. The Ghostnet Art movement has gained wide recognition as evidenced by the acquisition of pieces by major institutions such as the British Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australia Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva, etc.

©Photo (left to right): / Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre / Anais Wulf
Click image below to view video of the Guardian on Pormpuraaw artists

Pormpuraaw is a remote aboriginal community of around 700 people, located in a pristine natural environment on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia.
It is a sanctuary for Aboriginal language and culture. Our people have endured many hardships, social disadvantages and inequality.

Pormpuraaw Arts & Cultural Centre Incorporated is a not for profit organisation - Our mission is to lift people from poverty and provide opportunity and resources.
We run projects and programs for youth engagement, employment, training, maintenance of indigenous language & culture and development of an export industry.

Pormpuraaw create sculptures from the detritus of the commercial fishing industry, both to reuse the materials
and to raise awareness about its damaging consequences.
Donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to improve the lives of Pormpuraaw aboriginal people struggling to maintain their culture
and language on their ancestral homeland.
« For Australian Tax Payers : The Pormpuraaw Arts & Cultural Centre Incorporated is a not for profit organisation registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient in Australia. Donations to our organisation are tax deductible. Please contact for more info


To know more about the works or the exhibition, please contact:

Senior Curator and Project Manager
+ 33 6 80 94 80 03

179, Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris. France


Associate Curator and Project Coordinator
+ 61 400 920022

93 James Street - New Farm - QLD 4005 Brisbane - Australia