Tabu: fijian kali and hair ritual
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.
In collaboration with a Fijian community development expert Thelma Thomas, artists Torika Bolatagici, Lienors Torre; Emele Ugavule and Ayeesha Ash (Black Birds) will produce an ambitious multi-artform project 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 has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council,
its arts funding and advisory body.