LIVEWORKS: Repatriate

Latai Taumoepeau

FREE PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

Part I

Thurs 22 Oct, 6 – 7:30PM

A woman dances her inherited Pacific Island movement vocabulary in a perspex tank. Swathed in flotation devices, the body is protected, as the tank fills with water and submerges the artist. In an embodied response to climate change, Repatriate highlights the ever-nearing possibility of dispossession for island communities. With her own body as the central focus, Taumoepeau probes existing power structures that perpetuate violence and lead to the devastating loss of cultural heritage.

 

Part II

Repatriate: Ocean Island… Mine!

Fri 23 Oct, 6 – 9PM
Sat 24 Oct, 9:30 – 12:30PM

What remains in the aftershocks of empire? […] Such effects reside in the corroded hollows of landscapes […]. The question is pointed: How do imperial formations persist in their material debris, in ruined landscapes and through the social ruination of people’s lives? – Ann Stoler cited in Katerima Teaiwa, 2015

A woman, a 500kg block of ice, a shovel, and the steady walk from point A to point B. Back and forth, she works the open-cut mines of the past into the future of climate change; excavating the solid white rock into invisibility.

This work belongs to a genealogy of durational performance reflections from Taumoepeau’s Stitching (up) the Sea suite.

 

 

GETTING TO KNOW LATAI

 

 

ABOUT LATAI

Artist | Performance Maker | Cultural Activist | Provocateur | Punake

Latai Taumoepeau is a Punake, body-centred performance artist; her story is of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace; the Eora Nation – Sydney, and everything far and in-between. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of knowledge, starting with her village, a suburban church hall, nightclubs and a university.

Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies; cross-polinating ancient practices of ceremony with her contemporary processes & performance work to re-interpret, re-generate and extend her movement practice and its function in and from Oceania. She engages in the socio-political landscape of Australia with sensibilities in race, class & the female body politic; committed to bringing the voice of marginalised communities to the frangipani-less fore ground.

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