Jasmine Togo-Brisby

Bot Blo Stil

Bot Blo Stil by Jasmine Togo-Brisby

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Post-Plantation series 2018 by Australian South Sea Islander artist Jasmine Togo-Brisby presents three distinct portraiture images that span three generations of one family through mother, daughter and grand-daughter. Peculiarly they all adorn colonial sailing ships upon their heads in an ominous display. It is a customary practice of her Vanuatu relatives that recalls traumatic events. Togo-Brisby's light boxes examine the historical practice of 'blackbirding’, which was the practice of kidnapping Pacific Islanders and using them as forced labour, in particular on sugar and cotton plantations in Australia between 1863 and 1904. The artist is a descendant of this legacy: a fourth generation Australian South Sea Islander whose work examines the contemporary legacy and impact of this history upon those who trace their roots to New Zealand and Australia through the slave-diaspora. Togo-Brisby’ work engages the cultural memory and shared histories of plantation colonisation across the Pacific, her practice encompassing painting, early photographic techniques and processes, and sculpture.

Title
Bot Blo Stil
Artist/creator
Production date
2017
Medium
aluminium frame, acrylic print and light box fabrication
Dimensions
1500 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2018
Accession no
2018/23/1
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
On display

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