Ua numi le fau is an exhibition project that considers bodies and kinships through sexuality, spirituality and ecology. The title is a Sāmoan expression literally meaning the string tying the lupe pigeon is entangled, which points to an affair being complicated and difficult. Eight local and international artists draw on resurgent First Nations and diasporic knowledges in asserting sovereign futures in performance video, photography, and textile. Articulated in multiple languages and mediums, Ua numi le fau frames material presences and politics in art, performance and text from Fitzroy, Collingwood and Abbotsford in Wurundjeri territory to the world beyond.
Ua numi le fau, curated by Léuli Eshraghi, with artists Atong Atem, Dale Harding, Yuki Kihara, Carlos Motta, Frédéric Nauczyciel, Mandy Nicholson, Megan Cope and Robbie Thorpe.
Public programs included Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr, and Smoking Ceremony by Jayden Mills, public lectures by Yuki Kihara, Dale Harding and Frédéric Nauczyciel, and exhibition tours by Atong Atem and Léuli Eshraghi
A fictional Love Letter from The Fraud Complex, curated by Peter Johnson + Denise Thwaites at West Space to Ua numi le fau was written, edited and produced by Kelly Fliedner, and spoken by Fayen d'Évie, as part of the Ships in the Night project. All three projects were produced for the 2016 Next Wave Festival.
6 May-25 June 2016, Next Wave Festival, Gertrude Contemporary
Ua numi le fau was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Gertrude Contemporary for Next Wave Festival 2016. This project has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Curatorial Practice program at Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA), the City of Yarra, the Embassy of France in Australia, the Victorian College of the Arts at University of Melbourne, and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.