On Monday, June 27, 2016 from 6-8 pm, I will be doing a presentation titled "Seeing the Black Pacific" at Fresh Milk Barbados. Barbadian artist Anisah Wood will also be presenting about her practice and residency experience so far.
Here's the blurb for my talk:
"During her residency in Barbados, Fijian-Australian artist Torika Bolatagici has been exploring the historical, cultural and biotic similarities of the island cultures of Fiji and Barbados. With shared histories of British colonization, cannibal mythology, indentured labour, tourism and a declining sugar industry there are as many parallels between the two countries as there are differences. Torika is interested in how contemporary artists from these respective regions respond to, reflect and represent the island cultures of Melanesia and the Caribbean.
In this presentation, Torika will give an overview of the diverse practices emerging from Australian-based artists of Melanesian and Indo-Fijian heritage;
Cultural Heritage, Revival and Redress; Julia Mage’au Gray (Papua New Guinea); Lisa Hilli (Papua New Guinea); Dulcie Stewart (Fiji). Performing Contemporary Oceanic Identities: Salote Tawale (Fiji); Eric Bridgeman (Papua New Guinea). Positioning the (Geo)political Pacific: Taloi Havini (Autonomous Region of Bougainville); Mohini Chandra (Fiji); Torika Bolatagici (Fiji).
This event is free and open to the public. For directions and more info see: https://freshmilkbarbados.com/2016/06/22/fresh-milk-xix/