Artspace presents Reclamation, the first Australian solo exhibition of new work from artist Taloi Havini.
Havini’s work responds to the history and culture of her birthplace, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and navigates a history of environmental destruction and civil war
Reclamation looks at personal and political narratives around themes of place, protection and resilience at a time when communities across the globe find themselves at the tipping point of environmental and social change.
At this decisive moment in the region’s history, Havini considers the significance of place, ceremony, and how material culture can be defined and translated through contemporary practice and politics.
This exhibition also includes the Sydney premiere of the latest iteration from Havini’s Habitat series, an immersive multi-channel video exploring the significance of collective agency, matrilineal authority and the ramifications of resource extraction in the Pacific.
Artspace hosts a day of public programs on 19 January, including an artist talk and a panel with experts regarding Bougainville culture and politics. This panel includes Bougainville elder Sana Balai and photojournalist Ben Bohane.
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