25 September – 31 October 2021
Exhibition preview: Friday 24 September, 5:30pm (pending Alert Level 1)
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm and closed on Mondays and public holidays
The Veiqia Project is a collective of artists, curators, researchers, and academics based in Australia, Hawai’i, and Aotearoa New Zealand: Dr Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo, Margaret Aull, Donita Vatuinaruku Hulme, Joana Monolagi, Dulcie Stewart, and Luisa Tora. In this exhibition, The Veiqia Project presents a film from their 2018 trip to Yaro Village on Kia Island in northern Fiji where they spent time with people in talanoa focusing on the traditional Fijian female tattooing practice of veiqia. Alongside the film The Veiqia Project showcases research material, an audio recording, and three matakau, female ancestral figures carved by collective member Maragaret Aull.
The film is edited by Luisa Tora, the 2021 CNZ / UC Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies Artist in Residence. This exhibition is a result of the ongoing partnership between The Physics Room and the University of Canterbury Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies to present work and research produced during the residency.
Image: The Veiqia Project, Enroute to Kia (still), 2021.