Body & Artefact

In a bind 2015

This body of work aimed to develop and utilise a concept that challenges the separation of human bodies within museum display of historical Pacific objects, particularly from Melanesia. Once collected, Pacific objects were proof of existence of ‘other’ peoples in lands faraway. Many museums across the globe that publicly present Pacific materiality are generally bereft of any human element related to its display. It is the public and online presentation of the same objects, which has rendered Pacific identity, cultural significance and visibility within museums and art institutions.

Body as artefact (2015) inkjet prints 594 mm x 420 mm. Images Kirsten Lyttle.