New collaborative project for 2018! / by Torika Bolatagici

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To kick off 2018 I'm excited to be working with Thelma Thomas, Emele Ugavule, Ayeesha Ash and Lienors Torre on a new Australia Council-funded project called Tabu: Fijian Kali and Hair Ritual that will premiere in the exhibition Wantok (curated by Luisa Tora) - part of Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku’s programming marking the 125th anniversary of suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand in April 2018.

This project brings together visual and performing artists to explore traditional Fijian knowledge on the sacredness of the head, headrests (kali) and hair in Fijian culture. Museum research and community consultation will form the basis of our investigation as we reveal new ways of understanding contemporary Fijian hair practices and rituals extending the notion that objects are containers of memory. I'll be posting project updates on here - so watch this space :)

 This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory.