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RECLAMATION
TALOI HAVINI

Formist
2021
244 pages
240 x 300mm
Paperback with fold-out four page spreads and metallic slipcase
978-1-876017-00-2

$105.00




Artist Taloi Havini’s first publication Reclamation is an account of her ongoing investigation into history, the environment and nation-building within the social structures of her birthplace, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The publication expands on the themes examined in Reclamation, a solo exhibition commissioned by Artspace, Sydney. It draws attention to Australia’s colonial relationship to Bougainville, describing the conflicts and injustices and the struggle for self-determination. Simultaneously it reclaims aspects of Bougainville’s culture, identity, and inter-generational connections to land and people. Working across mediums, Havini examines the environmental destruction caused by extensive copper mining in the region.

Co-published by Artspace and Formist Editions, and presented in a metallic copper slip case, the publication is an immersive experience constructed to utilise unique four-page spreads that allow it to be read in multiple ways.

Reclamation features essays by QAGOMA’s Curator of Pacific Art, Ruth McDougall, and Oceania academic and writer Nicholas Thomas, alongside specially commissioned hymns by Orator, and Songwoman Sēini ‘SistaNative’ Taumoepeau, excerpts from an unpublished autobiography by Havini’s late father, Moses Havini, as well as Taloi Havini in conversation with transdisciplinary scholar and writer, Nabil Ahmed and highly respected Nakaripa elder and curator Sana Balai. These texts accompany combinations of research, historical images, working images from Havini’s rich practice and a rigorous survey of Havini’s practice to date.

Reclamation, in Havini’s words, is “an honouring of my ancestral homeland and my people”. Through a continuous unfolding, Havini expands understandings of Bougainville, adding new narratives that are informed by indigenous knowledge and shared experiences. Her work is a reclamation of land and country, rewriting histories and narratives so that the people of Bougainville become the agents of their own representations.


 

        BLUE FLOWER TEXTS, ŌTAUTAHI, 2021