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Padangustasana with dadakulaci

posted on 2011-10-17, 00:00 authored by Torika Bolatagici
The dadakulaci is an amphibious sea snake, commonly found in the waters around Kadavu, Fiji. Straddling existence in the sea and on land, this graceful creature is obscured by myth. Although it is often dismissed as a passive sea snake with a jaw too small to injure a human, the dadkulaci is able to disarticulate its jaw to 180 degrees. Furthermore, it has the ability to withhold its powerful venom. This work was made for the exhibition Diasporadic 679.
DIASPORADIC679 was a public exhibition of Fiji artists living in diaspora. Timed to acknowledge Fiji Independence Day and pay homage to the Fiji telephone prefix, +679, the artists reflect on Fiji Islander identity and diaspora experience from seven diverse positions.

All living in diaspora, the artists are Margaret Aull (NZ), Torika Bolatagici (Australia), Tagi Qolouvaki (USA), Sangeeta Singh (NZ), Dulcie Stewart (Australia), Ema Tavola (NZ) and Luisa Tora (NZ).

Collectively, the selected artists’ practices represent investigations into text and urban landscapes, feminism and sexuality, militarism, power and struggle. In the form of posters, the artists’ works are installed in the windows of six venues in and around Otahuhu Town Centre, South Auckland.

Finding the six venues and experiencing the exhibition in its entirety gives audiences a taste of Otahuhu, home of three of the seven artists, the Auckland Fiji Community headquarters and a significant Fiji Islander community.



Auckland City Council

Place of publication

Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand



Publication classification

J1.1 Major original creative work

Copyright notice

2011, The Artist


Digital photographic print

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