Cessa Bani

I was born and raised in Derby. In 2006 I moved to Queensland and lived with my Wagadagam family on a small island in the Torres Strait called Besi. While I was there we attended the tombstone opening of my dad’s brother, Ephraim Bani who was an important cultural elder and well-known artist. We went to the Gab Titui cultural centre on Thursday Island where the gallery is named after him and ever since then I’ve wanted to work at an art gallery. At first I wanted to work at the Ephraim Bani gallery but because I’m so close to my mum I went with her when she moved back to Derby.

In 2015 I started working at Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre, my sister had been working there already and said to me “It gives you a better point of view of your culture.” I work at the front desk talking to visitors about culture, putting sales through, I help hang paintings in the gallery and sometimes I even get the chance to paint myself. I really love working there, I’m proud to be both Torres Strait islander and Aboriginal, I feel like we have a lot of wisdom in our culture.     

Cessa attended the 2016 Visual Arts Leadership Program Curating workshop in Kununurra.