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'Do they know ...', from the installation Burebasaga Maramas

2017


Artist

Salote Tawale

Fiji, Australia

1976 -


About

'Burebasaga Maramas' is a celebration of the resilience of Salote Tawale's matrilineal line. 'Burebasaga' refers to the confederacy Tawale's family belongs to in the Fiji Islands and 'Marama' is the Fijian word for women or ladies.

The discrete elements of the work explore different cultural mythologies, contemporary realities and future prospects for Fijian women, given the enduring traumas wrought by colonisation - including loss of culture and low life expectancy. The wall painting refers to the traditional weaving practice of the artist’s grandmother; the diorama figure is a representation of her aunt on a fishing expedition; one of the videos shows the artist herself, draped in Salu Salu (decorative lei); and the other, filmed on Fiji, records the social aspect of food preparation.

Tawale often makes use of materials such as calico, tarpaulin and corrugated iron, which act as contemporary substitutes for traditional Fijian materials – such as masi (bark cloth) and palm leaves. For the artist, these materials embody cultural continuities and signal her place in the Pacific diaspora.


Details


Date

2017


Materials used

treated pine, corrugated iron, single channel video, colour, sound


Dimensions

dimensions variable


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

246.2018.4.a-c


Artist information

Salote Tawale

Works in the collection

4


Referenced in 1 publication

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