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posted on 2019-08-17, 00:00 authored by Torika Bolatagici
Apenisa

History

Location

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Start date

2019-08-17

End date

2019-10-13

Language

eng

Notes

Marama Dina is an exhibition borne of research and engagement: ongoing research led by The Veiqia Project that aims to reconnect iTaukei (Indigenous Fijian) women with traditional cultural practices; and inter-generational engagement developed through eight workshops over a 12-month period which began in 2018 at Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C). The Marama Dina exhibition sees iTaukei women take over C-A-C to share the exploration of cultural rejuvenation and celebration with the wider community, presented in conjunction with the Yirran Miigaydhu exhibition. Featuring new commissions by 10 artists from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, Marama Dina considers female iTaukei identities in the diaspora, be that away from Fiji or away from village life. The artists each consider how their blood lines and contemporary lives come together, and how they embody the past, present and future. Constructed within the exhibition is a vale ni soqo (village meeting house) offering a space where Pasifika communities can gather, learn and share knowledge. Founded in 2015, The Veiqia Project is a creative research collective of female artists and researchers inspired by veiqia, the traditional practice of Fijian female tattooing (forcibly halted by British colonisers in the 19th century). The collective uses workshops and exhibitions to invite Fijian (and other Pasifika) women* on a journey of artistic and cultural discovery. Members of The Veiqia Project have been in residence at C-A-C since October 2017, using the space to explore new artistic concepts and steadily engage with women in the Fijian communities of Western Sydney. Developed during this time at C-A-C, Marama Dina is respectfully led by a curatorium comprising members of The Veiqia Project, local Pasifika women and C-A-C staff. Artists include: Margaret Aull, Torika Bolatagici, Donita Vatuinaruku Hulme, Yasbelle Kerkow, Joana Monolagi, Dulcie Stewart, Salote Tawale, Luisa Tora, MC Trey aka Thelma Thomas and Emele Ugavule. *women and female identifying

Research statement

Background This video work was commissioned by the Campbelltown Arts Centre for the exhibition ‘Marama Dina’ an exhibition borne of research and engagement: ongoing research led by The Veiqia Project that aims to reconnect iTaukei (Indigenous Fijian) women with traditional cultural practices; and inter-generational engagement developed through eight workshops over a 12-month period which began in 2018 at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Contribution Bolatagici’s video work ‘Apenisa’ utilises an autoethnography methodology to link personal narratives of her family to broader conversations about the inter-generational Fijian diasporic experience. It weaves together oral histories with visual narratives, complicating non-linear lines of memory: past, present and future. In this work the cycle of life is visualised through intergenerational storytelling, knowledge-sharing and endless cups of tea. The work shows the way identities are rooted in shared memories; we come to know ‘through’ one another.

Publication classification

JO1 Original Creative Works – Visual Art Work

Scale

NTRO Minor

Extent

3-channel video projection with audio, 9:44.

Editor/Contributor(s)

Hulme D, Stewart D, Tawale S

Event

Marama Dina Exhibition. (2019 : Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney)

Publisher

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Place of publication

Campbelltown, N.S.W.

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