torika bolatagici


“What strikes one about Bolatagici’s work as an artist, and as an emerging and highly engaged Pacific voice in art world academia, is her take on the big picture…[i]n drawing out the focus of her work and undermining the seamless layers of commodification, Bolatagici humanises and subverts the bigger stage of war, global capitalism and racism. It is fundamentally the value and nature of ‘our air’, ‘our water’ and ‘our’ thinking that she brings to light.” Maurice O’Riodran, ‘Torika Bolatagici and the Big Picture’, Art Monthly Australia, #232, August 2010, p.67.

Torika is the daughter of  an Anglo-Australian mother and an Indigenous Fijian father. Born and raised in Hobart, Torika moved to Melbourne to study Media Arts at Deakin University in 1997.

After graduating with First Class Honours in 2000 she went on to complete a Masters of Multimedia Design at Monash University. Her photographic and video work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Auckland, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Hobart, Manukau, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Oakland and San Francisco.

Torika has published and presented at local and international conferences about the representation of mixed-race identity; Pacific arts practice in Australia; representations of teachers and teaching in cinema; Australian female hip-hop crews and most recently gender and militarism in the Pacific.

Torika is a photography lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne and a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at the College of Fine Arts (University of New South Wales).

For more information email: torika76(at)

Read an interview with Torika in iMode magazine  – May 2010 > > >

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