'Wantok' review by Ema Tavola / by Torika Bolatagici


"Torika Bolatagici’s striking Tadrua Series (the space between) (2018) is six large scale portraits of strong, brown skinned women and girls with curly hair maintaining mesmerising connections with the camera. They are larger than life, a kind of feminine futuristic visual anthropology of Oceania. Whilst each image represents the same upper part of the body, each subject holds themselves differently; there are anthologies in the stories behind their eyes, equal parts strength and vulnerability in their postures, and pride and presence in their hair."

Read the full review here.

"PIMPI is driven by South Auckland-based writer, curator and advocate, Ema Tavola. Working from a foundation of love and loyalty for Oceania and South Auckland, PIMPI is a platform to advocate, discuss and foreground Pacific art and artists, identity and creativity within the Pacific diaspora. Drawing on more than ten years experience of arts administration, exhibition planning and implementation, gallery management, community engagement and arts leadership."

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