Reframing Histories: Commemorating through Image, Story & Object
04 September 2021
In this workshop with artist Taloi Havini explore the materiality of commemorating, honouring, reframing, and restoring, and how these materials communicate family histories and narratives.
Havini’s practice uses personal, communal, and political expressions of material culture to maintain and honour Indigenous ways of being and knowing. Drawing on Yhonnie Scarce’s use of archival family material and sentimental objects in her installations, this workshop invites you to create your own installation artwork as a kind of personal offering.
Participants are asked to bring personal or sentimental objects, photographs, and ephemera and to use in constructing their own installations. You may explore intergenerational or cross-generational histories and narratives, or your own experience, in this practice of honouring and commemorating. You might choose to honour relatives that have passed; those that are still living; or perhaps to those that are not yet born—you decide!
This workshop may engage sensitive materials and personal experiences, we ask participants to be respectful and mindful of what is shared in the group. The personal images/objects you bring to the workshop will only be used by you and can be taken away at the end of the session.
We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor and we welcome guide and support dogs. To find out more contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3252 5750. Read our access information for visitors here.
COVID safety advice:
—Stay at home if unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath.
—If you become unwell during the event locate an IMA staff member.
—Maintaining physical distancing is the individual’s responsibility.
Taloi Havini was born in Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and is a descendant of the Nakas clan of Buka Island. Havini and her family sought refuge in Australia in 1990, following the Bougainville Civil War (1988–1998). Central to Havini’s work is the critical inspection of colonial histories and the unsettled legacies of dispossession and environmental destruction it produces.