torika bolatagici

Spirit of Enterprise – Opens at BUS Projects – 01.09.09

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 at 9:22 am
Opens 6pm, Tuesday 1 September 2009

Opens 6pm, Tuesday 1 September 2009

New work by Torika Bolatagici…

Remittances from Fijian workers overseas are the nation’s largest income – exceeding that of tourism and sugar. Fijian bodies have become a valuable export commodity in the increasingly privatised economy of war. Coco Fusco writes that from the 18th Century, texts have “reduced people of colour to the corporeal, whiteness was understood as a spirit that manifests itself in a dynamic relation to the physical world. Whiteness, then, does not need to be made visible to present an image; it can be expressed as the spirit of enterprise, as the power to organise the material world, and as an expansive relation to the environment.” This work asks where black and white bodies fit within this new economy of war…who is visible and who is invisible? Whose bodies are commodities and who embodies the spirit of enterprise?

Fusco, C. ‘Racial Time, Racial Marks, Racial Metaphors’ in Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. New York: International Center of Photography in Association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 2003. p.37

Bus Projects, 117 Lt Lonsdale Street Melbourne

Bus Projects, 117 Lt Lonsdale Street Melbourne

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