14 October. Free entry.
Seminar with Luisa Tora the 2021 UC Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies Artist in Residence
Thursday 14 October, 12:30pm
SoFA Seminar Room, University of Canterbury
Join us for a talk by artist Luisa Tora, the 2021 UC Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies Artist in Residence. Luisa will be speaking on her practice, with a focus on the residency project she is undertaking during her three-month residency in Ōtautahi. Luisa Tora is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer with over ten years’ experience focusing on indigenous, queer, and feminist themes.
During the residency, and in iLakolako ni weiniqia, an associated exhibition at The Physics Room (open until 31 October), Luisa is working on a film edit, part of an ongoing research project undertaken by The Veiqia Project, which she is a member of. The Veiqia Project is a Fijian female collective made up of artists, curators, researchers, and academics based in Australia, Hawai’i, and Aotearoa New Zealand. Since forming in 2015, the collective has been developing research on veiqia (Fijian female tattoo practice) and sharing its findings. The collective work of the members of The Veiqia Project have been a catalyst for the journeys of rediscovery and connection for Fijian women. Since the Project’s inception and their serendipitous relationship with mark-maker, Papua New Guinean Julia Mage’au Gray, Fijian women have started receiving their weniqia (Fijian tattoo designs) again after 100 years.
This seminar marks the final month of the residency, and is an opportunity to meet our resident artist and learn more about this significant practice. Nau mai, haere mai koutou katoa!