Oceania Now, Issue 1, 2015 – Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival,

14th June 2015

Edited by Léuli Eshragi, Oceania Now is a collection of critical and creative arts writing engaging with lived experience, cultural memory and erasure, politics of place, and displaced indigeneity by a number of Islander arts practitioners around Australia and Oceania more broadly.  It features new writing on contemporary art practice by Kirsten Lyttle, Salote Tawale, Eric Bridgeman, Cecilia Kavara Verran and myself.

I chose to submit an edited article of my paper, Regenerating Pacific Cultural Identity, which I presented at the College Art Association Annual Conference, New York in February.  This paper addresses how Pacific Islander diaspora in Australia are utilising museum archival collections of Pacific materiality, thus shifting the role and purpose of a museum. Interspersed with my own current Masters research, I articulate and use as an example of how I aim to re-contextualise Tolai Middi within contemporary culture, based on historical middi held in the Australian Museum, Sydney.

Pearson Vetuna, Tabunatip clan, Tolai people. Middi made and photographed by Lisa Hilli on Wurundjeri Country, Narrm Melborune.
Pearson Vetuna, Tabunatip clan, Tolai people. Middi made and photographed by Lisa Hilli on Wurundjeri Country, Narrm Melborune.

Oceania Now is an annual publication which supports critical dialogue within the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium.

Oceania Now can be purchased directly from Léuli Eshragi – cpafpublication@gmail.com

Cost: $15

Cover image: Miro, production still from ‘Haus Man,’ YAL TON, 2012

The CPAF Publication is supported by The Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University.

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