An exhibition of works by Australian and New Zealand female artists with indigenous Fijian heritage will open in August at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
A highlight will be the installation of a village meeting house to offer a welcoming space where Pasifika communities can gather, learn and share knowledge.
Marama Dina is an exhibition borne of research and engagement, with ongoing work led by creative research collective The Veiqia Project.
Members of the project have been in residence at the gallery since October 2017 and during this time have run workshops with women of Fijian ancestry.
Participants could seek knowledge and explore what it is to be a Fijian woman in Western Sydney.
“It’s been wonderful to see the deep connectivity that The Veiqia Project has generated with the community during their residency at Campbelltown Arts Centre,’’ says director Michael Dagostino.
“We’re looking at ways that we can challenge and change the institution by reforming artistic structures, focusing on community-engaged and artist-led contemporary arts strategies in Western Sydney.
“Marama Dina is an example of our unique approach to programming, providing a platform for artists that make a significant contribution to community cohesion and participation.’’
Donita Vatuinaruku Hulme, Marama Dina artist and member of The Veiqia Project, says: “Dr Tarisi Vunidilo regularly reminded workshop participants that women drive ceremony.
“That’s a powerful statement. It’s like a straight line of power from generations of female ancestors to us, here today and every day.
“To me, it’s an invitation – to learn, to lead, to cooperate.’’
Other artists presenting work as part of Marama Dina include Margaret Aull, Torika Bolatagici, Yasbelle Kerkow, Joana Monolagi, Dulcie Stewart, Salote Tawale, Luisa Tora, MC Trey aka Thelma Thomas and Emele Ugavule.
Marama Dina, which will run in conjunction with the Yirran Miigaydhu exhibition, was curated by members of The Veiqia Project, local Pasifika women and Campbelltown Arts Centre staff.
WHAT Marama Dina
WHERE Campbelltown Arts Centre
WHEN August 17 – October 13
OPENING Saturday, August 17, 2pm – 4pm