Absences (2016)

This silk print and text stack work comments on the long, exploitative history of the archive, research and Indigenous peoples around the world. It particularly looks to Kulin Nation territory, the waterways Merri yaluk and Birrarung yaluk, and to Wurundjeri cultural renaissance. It is also a reflection textually and visually on the place of a diasporic Indigenous Sāmoan person living in Birrarung-ga, literally navigating biik, country.

It draws on a few key texts as reference points, the seminal work Decolonizing Methodologies by Māori cultural theorist Linda Tuhiwai Smith, the multilingual publication Langues de notre terre : Poèmes et récits autochtones du Québec | Languages of our land: Indigenous poems and stories from Québec, edited by Susan Ouriou, and the recent anthology coconut milk by queer Sāmoan American poet and artist, Dan Taulapapa McMullin. This work was developed during my participation in the 2016 Indigenous visual + digital arts residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity which was supported by an RBC Emerging Artist Award.

shadow sites, curated by Samantha McCulloch and Frances Wilkinson

1 April-22 May 2016, Next Wave Festival, Centre for Contemporary Photography + National Storage Collingwood

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