Headhunt Revisited

Headhunt Revisited

In 1926, painter Caroline Mytinger and her friend Margaret Warner set out from San Francisco on a four-year adventure in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. With little more than $400, a few art supplies, and a trunk of clothing, they made their way through what was then known as the land of headhunters, with the goal of painting Melanesia's inhabitants.

Nearly 80 years later, her paintings now inspire two contemporary artists: American photographer Michele Westmorland who leads an expedition retracing Caroline's and Margaret's journey and Papua New Guinean portrait painter Jeffry Feeger, who reinterprets contemporary counterparts of Caroline's paintings in a modern style. Headhunt Revisited is a documentary film for public television broadcast that explores the power of art to traverse cultures and to connect artists across space and time.

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