Following the live performance of Repatriate (2015 - ) on Saturday 7 May, come along for the in conversation event between Latai Taumoepeau and Curator for the new exhibition, Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda, Ane Tonga.
Repatriate emphasises the economic disparity between developing and developed countries regarding crisis, and relocation in the face of human induced climate change. Using Tongan metaphor, Taumoepeau performs an urgent poetic distress call using her body, repurposed props and modest materials.
Latai Taumoepeau makes live-art-work. Her faivā (body-centred practice) is from her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace Sydney, land of the Gadigal people. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of learning, beginning with her village, a suburban church hall, the club and a university. Her faivā (performing art) centres Tongan philosophies of relational vā (space) and tā (time); cross-pollinating ancient and everyday temporal practice to make visible the impact of climate crisis in the Pacific. She conducts urgent environmental movements and actions to assist transformation in Oceania.
Recent projects include The Last Resort in Nirin/Sydney Biennial 2020, Dark Continent in the Asia Pacific Triennial 2019 and the annual artist-led project Refuge which brings together artists, emergency experts, scientists and communities to see how we as a society can prepare for the consequences of disasters and the impacts of climate change.
Special thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support of this project.
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- Free - bookings essential
3.30 - 5pm