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Exhibit celebrates Papua New Guinea’s pride,
honors its past

By DeAllous Smith

In a fascinating exhibit starting February 4, Hartsfield-Jackson’s Art Program showcases the pride and festive beauty of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea. 

“Tribes of Papua New Guinea” captures the awareness and expressionism of that country’s indigenous people, who celebrate and honor their past while dressed in traditional attire during national festivals and ceremonies.

“Art enthusiasts who view these images will discover that the stories of these people are told through facial expressions, traditional headdresses, necklaces and other garments,” said Katherine Dirga, Airport Art Program manager. “This exhibit provides a photographic snapshot of the group’s rich heritage and undeniable pride.”  

Accomplished photographer Jennifer Kilberg provided the collection for the exhibit.

“The time I spent in Papua New Guinea opened my eyes to the value of every natural element as a medium for expression,” she said. “In a world of change, the faces of Papua New Guinea remain ancient and unchanged.” 

Papua New Guinea, on the eastern side of New Guinea, is made up of more than 700 indigenous tribes. Every year, people gather in full decoration to celebrate history and honor their past during the Mt. Hagen cultural festival. The event includes musical presentations, cultural activities and an agricultural fair.

“Tribes of Papua New Guinea” will be displayed in the Airport’s Atrium until March 23.

Jennifer Kilberg’s photos depict the colorful face paint and costumes that the people of Papua New Guinea use to represent their individual tribes. There are more than 700 indigenous tribes in Papua New Guinea.

Jennifer Kilberg’s photos depict the colorful face paint and costumes that the people of Papua New Guinea use to represent their individual tribes. There are more than 700 indigenous tribes in Papua New Guinea.




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