PŌULIULI is a living Indigenous space featuring work by Indigenous artists and collectives based in Kulin Nation territory, Vasa Loloa (Great Ocean) and Turtle Island (North America): Angela Tiatia (Sāmoan), Anne Riley (Cree, Dené), Fafswag Collective members Pati Tyrell (Sāmoan), Sione Monu (Tongan) and Manu Vaea (Tongan), Aata (Tahitian), Ripley Kavara (Toaripi), Suzanne Kite (Oglala Lakota), and curator Léuli Eshraghi (Sāmoan, Persian).
A place to gather, deepen and engage with Indigenous knowledges, Pōuliuli positions audiences in this moment of return to Indigenous genders, sexualities and ceremonial-political practices. This is an accessible and culturally safe space held by Indigenous peoples who identify with many ways of being and knowing including Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, queer, femme/feminine, and man/masculine.
Dark or deep night of potentiality in Sāmoan, PŌULIULI alludes to nocturnal ceremonial-political practices within vā, spaces of mutually beneficial relationships, providing ample space for Indigenous spoken, written, ritual and sensual languages to be activated.
Happening in unceded Kulin Nation territory from 6 April-13 May 2017 at West Space:
6 April 6pm // Pōuliuli (Faitautusi)
Opening of the Pōuliuli archive
13 April 6pm // Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono
Readings on Indigenous sovereignty, wellbeing, ecology, gender, sexuality and ceremony
27 April 6pm // For Us By Us
Yarning circle for local and global Indigenous artists and curators only
YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival – a City of Melbourne production entirely created, choreographed, produced, directed and performed by Indigenous artists. The ten-day event, from 5 to 14 May, celebrates the diversity and creativity of 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture through 60 unique events including dance, music, visual art, theatre, film and talks in Melbourne’s laneways, public spaces and venues. Peruse the program at yirramboi.net.au
PŌULIULI is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, the Curatorial Practice program at Monash University Art Design + Architecture (MADA), Liquid Architecture, and Midsumma Festival.