Jasmine Togo-Brisby
  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby, 'Until We Runneth Over', 2024. Photo: Carl Warner.

  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby, 'Until We Runneth Over', 2024. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby, 'Until We Runneth Over', 2024. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby, 'Until We Runneth Over', 2024. Photo: Carl Warner.

  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby, 'Until We Runneth Over', 2024. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby, 'It Is Not a Place', 2024. Photo: Carl Warner.

  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby, 'It Is Not a Place', 2024. Photo: Carl Warner.

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Jasmine Togo-Brisby

It Is Not a Place

20 April–16 June 202420 Apr–16 Jun 2024

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Jasmine Togo-Brisby is an Australian South Sea Islander artist based in Meanjin/Brisbane. As children, her great-great-grandparents were taken from Vanuatu to work as domestic servants for the Wunderlich family in Sydney and later worked on a plantation. Togo-Brisby’s work examines the Pacific slave trade and its impact on those who trace their roots to Australia through its practices.

Togo-Brisby conjures with an iconography of tall ships, decorative ceilings, and crow feathers. Her ships remind us of the dangerous vessels that transported tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders to Australia; her decorative ceilings recall the refined pressed-tin ceilings made by the Wunderlich family; and her crow feathers refer to ‘blackbirding’, the nineteenth-century practice of deceiving, coercing, or kidnapping Islanders into servitude.

The exhibition features two major new works—a sculpture and a video. In the sculpture, crow feathers cascade from a decorative ceiling rosette, reminding us that Australian ‘civil’ society was built on violence. In the video—a haunting computer animation—a ship, made of crow wings, sails on a churning ocean crafted from crow feathers.

Togo-Brisby’s title It Is Not a Place complicates matters. It is a negative response to a question it assumes we have asked, or an assumption we have made. It makes us wonder to what extent her work speaks to an actual place—a demarcated location in time and space—or something else.

Artist Bio

Jasmine Togo-Brisby is an Australian South Sea Islander of Ni-Vanuatu ancestry, known for her works examining the cultural memory and shared histories of plantation colonisation across the Pacific. Born in Murwillumbah, she was raised in Townsville and Meanjin/Brisbane and studied at the Queensland College of Art, Meanjin/Brisbane. Her work has been exhibited widely in Aotearoa/New Zealand and is held in the collections of Auckland Art Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery. Her survey exhibition, Hom Swit Hom, was presented at Artspace, Mackay, in 2022, and her work features in the 18th Adelaide Biennale at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Her work will feature in the upcoming Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.

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