Still from  Apenisa  (2019), 3 channel video projection with audio, 9:44.

Still from Apenisa (2019), 3 channel video projection with audio, 9:44.

My father, Apenisa Bolatagici, was the son of Josevini Senitorau (Naqara/Kadavu) and Vasiti Bolatagici (Raviravi/Beqa). He was a brother to Emele Raisole and Isikeli Delaivuna. This work is a collaboration with my siblings Bola, Luse, Lui and their mother Seraia Dievo Tuinanuya (Yasawa I Rara). It weaves together oral histories with visual narratives, complicating non-linear lines of memory: past, present and future. My Fijian identity is rooted in shared memories, shared joy, shared grief and healing with my sisters and brothers. Through each other we come to know our father and the turmoil of his short life. He died in Sydney at the age of 43. I am 43. Apenisa is a portrait of the father we never really knew - presented through the words of his wife Seraia. In this work the cycle of life is visualised through intergenerational storytelling, knowledge-sharing and endless cups of tea. This work is a reflection of him and not the sum of us.