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Missing Pacific/Decolonise Your Mind – Now Showing

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2009 at 6:16 am

Torika’s new project Missing Pacific and Decolonise Your Mind has been commissioned by White Street Projects in conjunction with Frankston City Council and Arts Victoria.

Installed across two locations, the works ask viewers to question public institutions of knowledge and private and personal histories. Through her installation and photographic work, she creates a link between personal history, public knowledge and private and public space.

Decolonise Your Mind,  Frankston City Library 22 September – 16 October 2009, 60 Playne Street Frankston,
Missing Pacific, Public lightbox installation, Cnr. White Street & Wells St, open 24/7

White Street Project facilitates innovative projects in contemporary art and cross disciplinary practices. Collaborating with artists to develop proposals site specific to Frankston, WSP invites artists to consider possibilities, inherent in the local context and the public sphere.

Installation - Frankston City Library, © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - Frankston City Library, © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Torika discusses her work on Wax Lyrical – Triple R – 16.09.09

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2009 at 2:35 am

Tune in at 9:30 am, Wednesday 16 September to hear Torika discuss her latest work with Bus Projects and White Street Project.

Wax Lyrical host Namila Benson

Wax Lyrical host Namila Benson

As the Wednesday morning Talks show on community broadcaster, Triple R FM – “Wax Lyrical” seeks to do just that between 9am and midday each week. Presented by local Melbourne Pacific DJ/broadcaster Namila, “Wax” taps into a range of social issues and arts events; exploring discussions at the grassroots and global levels. The show focuses on newly arrived/refugee communities, multicultural arts, mental health, youth, gender, climate change, sexuality and so much more.

Namila’s intuition of Melbourne’s cultural landscape means she is on the pulse of relevant issues and events, delivering them to listeners in an engaging and accessible manner. Her vast experience in radio and television sets the pace for musical and cultural connections.  A keen music lover from a young age, she ties in the “Wax Lyrical” banter with a stack of beats covering the musical spectrum of continents, cultures and eras.

Wax Lyrical helps ease you over the hump on the midweek tip, rollin’ from 9am – midday…

It’s a show that’s all about exploring our backyard to introduce new faces and places – with a focus on local multicultural arts, topics and events. We’ll be stirring the cultural melting pot to serve up a big, ol’ fat dose of community issues, engaging chat and bumpin’ tunes with Sista Selekta, Namila.

Tune in… You never know what – or who – you will discover!

102.7FM – http://www.rrr.org.au – Wednesday mornings (East. Stan. time)

SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Opening at Bus Projects – 1 September 2009

A big thank you to everyone who came down to the Opening on Tuesday! It was great to see you all. Also a big shout out to the following people, without whom the project would not have been possible: John, Chris, Max, Salote, Victoria and Namila.

Here are some pics of the Opening Night and installation, courtesy of Pearson and Loketi.

Vinaka!!

Opening at Bus Projects, 1 September 2009 (Photographed by Pearson Vetuna)

Opening at Bus Projects, 1 September 2009 (Photographed by Pearson Vetuna)

Winds of Change (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

Winds of Change (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

Opening at Bus Projects, 1 September 2009 (Photographed by Pearson Vetuna)

Opening at Bus Projects, 1 September 2009 (Photographed by Pearson Vetuna)

Export Quality #1 (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

Export Quality #1 (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

Export Quality #2 (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Pearson Vetuna)

Export Quality #2 (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Pearson Vetuna)

Sotia Central (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

Sotia Central (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

Black Gold (Piper Methysticum) (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

Black Gold (Piper Methysticum) (Installation View) - Torika Bolatagici (Photographed by Loketi Niua Latu)

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

Giles and Filani discuss “Spirit of the People” on ABC Radio: In the Loop

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 6:52 am

Spirit Of Melanesia Exhibition OpensAudio

14 August 2009

Spirit of the People is an exhibition showcasing works by artists from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, as well as Pacific expats based in Australia and New Zealand. Curator Giles Peterson and Fijian fibre artist Filani Filina Macassey join us to discuss identity and what it means to be a Melanesian Pacific islander in today’s changing world.

Listen now…

$801,000 to Support New Arts Projects Across Victoria

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 6:46 am

Victoria’s thriving arts sector has received a $801,000 Brumby Labor Government boost with grants announced today to support the creation, presentation and programming of new works across the state.

Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said 53 arts projects had received funding in the latest round of grants through the Arts Development program.

“The Brumby Government is taking action to develop and strengthen Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital,” Ms Kosky said.

“The Arts Development program supports and further develops our artists and our artistic reputation by supporting innovative, engaging and inspirational new arts projects across the state.”

Ms Kosky said the latest grants supported diverse arts activity from a broad cross-section of Victorian artists and organisations.

“Projects supported in this round reflect the creative strength and diversity of the arts sector across Victoria, from emerging and established artists working across all artforms including dance, literature, theatre and sculpture, music and multi-artform collaborations.”

Supported projects include:

Bus Gallery Inc (Melbourne): $10,000
Presentation of a six month curated exhibition program of spatial arts including sound art, performance, installation and video involving Jelena Telecki, Marc Alperstein, Simon O’Carrigan, Symon McVilley, Anthony Sawrey, Rebecca Adams, Kit Wise, Torika Bolatagici, Hamish Carr, Sharon Billings, Kez Hughes and Jonathan Heilbron, at Bus Gallery, July- December 2009.

Frankston City Council (Frankston): $16,000
Presentation of a 6 month contemporary cross-media arts project in the Frankston CBD, involving artists Beth Arnold, Lou Hubbard, Alex Selenitsh, Alex Gibson and Torika Bolatagici, July-December 2009.

Read more….

Torika’s work in “Spirit of the People – New Melanesian Art” – Auckland, NZ

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2009 at 5:19 am

Curated by Giles Peterson
in association with okaioceanikart

Corban Estate Arts Centre
14th August – 27th September
Opening; Thursday 13th August 2009

The exhibition SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE features work by some of the best Melanesian heritage artists practicing today, expressing the many complexities of what it means to be a Melanesian Pacific Islander.

This exhibition is historically significant as it is the first exhibition of Contemporary Melanesian art with a regional wide focus to show in Auckland, New Zealand. In this show okaioceanikart is building on the success of their exhibition of Papua New Guinean and Solomon Island art “Taim Bilong Melanesia 2008” which was presented in both Auckland and Wellington last year. “Spirit of the People” features contemporary art from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, as well as work by artists from the Melanesian diasporic Pacific communities in Australia and New Zealand. The appeal will be to all those interested in Pacific art and culture.

The work expresses the many complexities of what it means to be a Melanesian Pacific Islander today, the Island and the Urban, the Local and the Globalised, – identity and identification, cultural and religious intolerance/freedom, spirituality, the land, language, gender, sexuality, politics and survival.

“Each artist seeks to make links with day to day life in the context of the changing world view of Melanesia and its indigenous peoples. All the artists chosen create challenging and moving work that speaks to all age groups “, says Curator Giles Peterson.

Artists:
Fiji: Torika Bolatagici, Ben Fong, Abraham Lagi and Filani Filina Macassey
Papua New Guinea: Dr Michael Mel, Daniel Waswas, Aaron Choulai, Chris Kauage, Elisabet Kauage, Joe Nalo, Bertha Peni and Larry Santana, Alexander Mebri
New Caledonia: Paula Gony Boi, Yvette Bouquet
Solomon Islands: Ellie Fa’amauri, Jon Jay,
Vanuatu: David Ambong

In association with the Going West Books and Writers Festival 2009.

Read more on the Spasifik Magazine website…

Ema Tavola: Spasifik Sista of the Week

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm

My darling friend Ema!!

Ema Tavola

Ema Tavola

Tell us a bit about your job
I work as the Pacific Arts Coordinator for Manukau City Council and manage the exhibitions gallery Fresh Gallery Otara in the Otara Town Centre. Here I develop the exhibitions programme and promote professional development opportunities for local visual artists.

What’s the best part about your job?
Being surrounded by art all day, talking to people about art and supporting artists to develop their practices.

Read the entire interview….

Pacific region sitting on a human rights time bomb

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2009 at 12:54 am

The Pacific region is sitting on a social, political, and economic time bomb fuelled by unfolding human rights crises in the past year, says Amnesty International as it launches its global report, Amnesty International Report 2009: State of the World’s Human Rights.

“2008 saw human rights overlooked by world leaders as they took a back seat to the economic crisis. The result was increased insecurity, injustice and indignity for billions of people around the world,” says Patrick Holmes, Chief Executive Officer of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand.

“The Pacific nations which feature in the report are of particular concern to Amnesty NZ, as this is a region in our own front yard which sorely lacks a voice within the international arena.”

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Nuclear test veterans can sue MoD

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2009 at 6:05 am

Ex-servicemen who took part in nuclear tests in the 1950s have won the right to sue the government for compensation.

More than 1,000 men say they and their families have suffered ill-health following the nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific.

The ruling by the High Court means the government could face its largest class action yet, for millions of pounds.

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