Transoceanic Visual Exchange / by Torika Bolatagici

L-R Rodell Warner (on screen), Shivanjani Lal, Emele Ugavule and Torika Bolatagici in coversation at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Saturday 18th November 2017. Photo credit: Pauline Vetuna.

L-R Rodell Warner (on screen), Shivanjani Lal, Emele Ugavule and Torika Bolatagici in coversation at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Saturday 18th November 2017. Photo credit: Pauline Vetuna.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Natalie McGuire and Katherine Kennedy from Fresh Milk Barbados, to realise the 2nd iteration of the Transoceanic Visual Exchange, presented at Fresh Milk Barbados, Barbados Community College and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

The diverse program was presented as a series of screenings, screen and projection installations, panel discussions and a Digital Exhibition (showing from 20 Nov - 20 Dec 2017).

We were blessed to have Black Birds co-Artistic Director Emele Ugavule perform their extraordinary work Pehe live. Emele also joined Shivanjani Lal, Rodell Warner (Trinidad via Skype) and myself in a discussion about their work and TVE more broadly.

A huge thank you especially to Bo and Darren at FCAC and to the members of the community curatorial panel who gave so much of their time and energy to contribute to the conversation and shape the project; Pauline Vetuna, Kirsten Lyttle, Alec Reade, Yasbelle Kailomai, Seini Taumoepeau, Talei Richards, Ileni Kabalan and Jenny Fraser.

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