Marama Dina, at Campbelltown Arts Centre, is a brand-new and exciting artist-led exhibition in which iTaukei (Indigenous Fijian) women celebrate and share cultural rejuvenation with the wider community. New commissions by 10 artists consider female iTaukei identities in the diaspora and connect with empowering cultural knowledge previously eroded by colonisation and migration.
The exhibition is borne of research and engagement led by The Veiqia Project, a creative research collective of female artists, curators, academics and researchers based in Australia, Hawaii and New Zealand. The collective is inspired by veiqia, the traditional practice of Fijian female tattooing which marks the transition to womanhood. It was forcibly halted by British colonisers in the 19th century. Members of the project have run workshops with Fijian women exploring iTaukei culture and contemporary arts and created a communal space to seek knowledge and explore identity.
Donita Vatuinaruku Hulme, artist and member of the project, felt ”a straight line of power from generations of female ancestors to us… it’s an invitation – to learn, to lead, to co-operate”. Margaret Aull, another artist and member, says “we are living memories of ancestors – when making work with the Veiqia project it has helped me understand my story, who I am and in doing this I have brought my family with me.”
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