In July 2011 Brisbane’s Cultural Centre provided the setting for a landmark project — a showcase of Torres Strait Island art and culture on a scale never before seen. For the Torres Strait Islander community, this collective exhibition was a chance to celebrate their vibrant Indigenous culture. Daniel Marsden was invited to document the project, resulting in this stunning testament to the artists and works featured.
The Clouds Have Stories: the Art of the Torres Strait Islands is an intimate tribute to the artists of the Torres Strait and a witness to the power of the work they create. Torres Strait art and culture is linked intrinsically with the land, the sea and sky. Through the eyes of its elders, musicians, visual artists and dancers we discover personal histories that echo with both triumph and tragedy. The Torres Strait is a place where gentle humour laps like the waves. Only the forces of nature are stronger than the ties of community. The Clouds Have Stories is a film that blurs the boundary between art and nature, between music and the spoken word. This is a unique portrait of a place and its people, and of islanders adrift, who make art in order to remember home.