Devised in 1840 the term ‘Melanesia’ signifies an island inhabited by blacks within the Pacific region. In a bind is a photographic work, that as a starting point, utilises a concept of challenging the separation of human bodies within museum display of historical cultural objects, particularly from Melanesia. Between 1905 and 1975 Papua and New Guinea was a mandated Territory of Australia administered from Queensland. The word ‘Papua’ was adopted from Malay language by a Portuguese explorer, which refers to people with fuzzy hair. Given these historical Western terminologies of a geographical region and adopted languages, In a bind seeks to challenge the viewer between looking at a perceived artefact and the body, whilst revealing derogatory labels that are based on my peoples cultural and physical appearance.
Best use of natural light – Centre for Contemporary Photography, CCP Salon 2016
An Unorthodox Flow of Images, curated by Naomi Cass & Pippa Milne, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Festival 2017
CCP Salon 2016 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water, curated by Léuli Eshraghi, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery 2015