People You Must Look at Me or Coyote and Badger Were Neighbors or The Origin of Eternal Death (2015) by Suzanne Kite, supported by James Hurwitz and Devin Ronneberg

People You Must Look at Me or Coyote and Badger Were Neighbors or The Origin of Eternal Death (2015) by Suzanne Kite, supported by James Hurwitz and Devin Ronneberg


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). In Honolulu, it further included performance and installation works by Rosanna Raymond (Sāmoan), Ricky Tagaban (Tlingit), Léuli Eshraghi (Sāmoan). 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.


In the occupied Hawaiian Kingdom from 7-9 July 2017 at Ala Moana Center for ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence:

Pōuliuli (Faitautusi + Fāʻaliga) with the Ara Pākeke by Rosanna Raymond
Opening of the Pōuliuli archive and exhibition with works by Anne Riley, Wahe Kavara, Léuli Eshraghi, Ricky Tagaban, Angela Tiatia, Rosanna Raymond, Suzanne Kite, Aata
Nightly activations by Rosanna Raymond aka Faʻamuʻumuʻumamatāne, Ricky Tagaban aka Lituya and Léuli Eshraghi aka vaimea


In unceded Kulin Nation territory from 6 April-13 May 2017 at West Space for YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival:

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

6 May 7pm // Pōuliuli (Fā‘aliga)
Opening of the Pōuliuli exhibition within YIRRAMBOI Festival


YIRRAMBOI FIRST NATIONS ARTS FESTIVAL is 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.


ʻAE KAI: A CULTURE LAB ON CONVERGENCE is a thread which brings together elements stretching from mountain to ocean and serving as a gathering place for conversations and convergence to occur. Traditionally in Hawaiʻi, some of the most important conversations are held at ‘Ae Kai when the sun is up and the waves are out. With this in mind, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presents ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence on July 7-9, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. ʻAe Kai takes place in the former Foodland supermarket in Ala Moana Center, and explores the meeting points of humanity and nature in Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands and beyond.


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.