TORIKA BOLATAGICI – Pop Up Community Reading Room
Sat 1 June to Sat 22 June 2013 – OPENING HOURS Monday-Saturday
Informed and inspired by the collection of artist reference material at the Stuart Hall Library (Institute of Visual in London) and other art archives, (Asia Art Archive, ‘Ulu’ulu, Austalian Centre for Asia Pacific Art), Torika will present a prototype for the seed that she hopes will eventually grow into a community reading room located here in Melbourne. The collection will host a range of published resources specialiszing in visual arts culture and cultural identity – with a special focus on contemporary work from Oceania and other established and emerging diasporic communities in Australia.
Not only will the archive create a repository of research material and artist folders, but the space will also host a regular reading group and workshop and lectures for artists and researchers whose work engages with contamporary international visual culture.
Biography – Torika Bolatagici
Torika Bolatagici was born in Tasmania and spent the early years of her life living between Hobart, Sydney and her fathers’s village – Suvavou, Fiji.
Her interdisciplinary practice investigates the relationships between visual culture, human ecology and contemporary Pacific identities. Torika works across a range of media, including photography, video and mixed-media installation and her work has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Aotearoa and Australia, Most recently her seriesExport Quality (2009/13) was presented in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial, 20-Year Archive project.
Torika has published and presented locally and internationally about contemporary visual culture, gender, identity and thePacific and is a full-time lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University where she teaches contemporary photographic theory and practice. Torika is also a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
More info about Torika: http://torikabolatagici.