Pōuliuli (Faitautusi ma Fāʻaliga)
This 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). 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.
Pōuliuli (Faitautusi + Fāʻaliga) curated by Léuli Eshraghi with artists Angela Tiatia, Anne Riley, Fafswag Collective members Pati Tyrell, Sione Monu and Manu Vaea, Aata, Wahe Kavara, Kite, Rosanna Raymond/Faʻamuʻumuʻumamatāne, Ricky Tagaban/Lituya Hart.
Public programs included Readings on Indigenous sovereignty, wellbeing, ecology, gender, sexuality and ceremony by Atong Atem, Bobuq Sayed, James Oliver, Tyson Campbell and Léuli Eshraghi; Yarning circle for local and global Indigenous artists and curators; Lecture/Performance by Kite on Indigenous practices of listening followed by activations by Pati Tyrell and La Moana, Bu Lutui, Ileini Kabalan and Iki Finau in Narrm; and activations of the archive and exhibition in Honolulu by Rosanna Raymond/Faʻamuʻumuʻumamatāne, Ricky Tagaban/Lituya Hart, and Léuli Eshraghi/vaimea.
6 April-13 May 2017, West Space, YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, Birrarung-ga, unceded Kulin Nation territory
7-9 July 2017, Ala Moana Center, ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Honolulu, occupied Hawaiian Kingdom
Pōuliuli (Faitautusi + Fāʻaliga) 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, Midsumma Festival, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center through the Ford Foundation.