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'Ocean Island… Mine!' performed by Latai Taumoepeau shot by Sanja Simic

Ocean Island… Mine! by Latai Taumoepeau

“What remains in the aftershocks of empire? […] Such effects reside in the corroded hollows of landscapes […]. The question is pointed: How do imperial formations persist in their material debris, in ruined landscapes and through the social ruination of people’s lives?” – Ann Stoler cited in Katerina Teaiwa, 2015.

A live performance by Latai Taumoepeau where she relocates a 500kg block of ice with a shovel and a steady walk from point A to point B. Back and forth, she works the open-cut mines of the past into the future of climate change; excavating the solid white rock into invisibility.

This work belongs to a genealogy of durational performance reflections from Taumoepeau’s ‘Stitching (up) the Sea’ suite.

Performed as part of AusDance Australian Dance Week.

WhenFriday 29 April from 5.15PM to 7.30PM
WhereKendall Lane, beside Goodspeed Bicycle Co.

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