Flora vitiensis: drauniulu edition (2018). Wantok, Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, 21 April - 26 May 2018.

Dulcie Stewart is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and family historian. Informed by her personal history as well as her cultural heritage, Dulcie’s work draws on archival material to explore the complexities of mixed-race experiences in Fiji and the diaspora. Using a wide variety of media, Dulcie presents viewers with alternative ways of looking at the dominant Western narratives by re-framing the stories written about our past.

She was one of the founding members of Red Wave Collective, an artist collective that was based at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at The University of the South Pacific. The Collective was formed in 1998 after a workshop by New Zealand based Niuean artist John Pule, under the guidance of Oceania Centre Director, Pacific philosopher and academic, the late Professor ‘Epeli Hau’ofa. She was an artist-in-residence at the Oceania Centre from 1998 to 2001. 

Dulcie has worked in libraries in Fiji and Australia for the last 17 years and is currently responsible for cataloguing digitised cultural heritage materials and making them accessible online at a Queensland university. She is the lead researcher for The Veiqia Project, the creative research project inspired by the practice of Fijian female tattooing.

© 2017 Photography by David Rogers.

Current location: Brisbane, Australia. I am living and making art on the land of the first and continuing custodians, the Turrbal, Jagarra and Quandamooka people. I respectfully acknowledge their elders past and present and the living communities of today.

EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS

  • Wantok curated by Luisa Tora                           Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Aotearoa New Zealand                                                              8 December 2018 – 28 April 2019
  • Our context, our imagining Oceania (exhibition and auction), part of Measina Festival                               Te Auaha, 65 Dixon St, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand                                                                        11-15 December 2018                                     Auction: Sunday 16 December, 7pm                                                                                                                     Organised by the Victoria University of Wellington Pacific Studies Alumni and the Teresia Teaiwa Scholarship Fundraising Committee in partnership with the Measina Festival, in the memory of the late Associate Professor Dr. Teresia Teaiwa (1968–2017).                                                                

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