I am an artist based in Meanjin (Brisbane). I live, work and create on the land of the first and continuing custodians, the Turrubul, Yuggera and Quandamooka people. I respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country.
I was born in Suva, Fiji. My dad has maternal connections to Tailevu, Rewa and Kadavu and mum is vasu
Banikea, Lekutu, Bua.
My arts practice is informed by my personal history as well as my cultural heritage, and draws on archival material to explore the complexities of mixed-race experiences in Fiji and the diaspora. Using a wide variety of media, I presents viewers with alternative ways of looking at the dominant Western narratives by re-framing the stories written about our past.
As a member of The Veiqia Project, a Fijian female collective, I have presented at local and international conferences, facilitated workshops, and was a key member of the curatorium steering the 2019 Marama Dina exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
From 1998 to 2001 I was an artist-in-residence at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at The University of the South Pacific under the guidance of its Director, Pacific philosopher and academic, the late Professor ‘Epeli Hau’ofa. I am a founding member of Red Wave Collective, established at the Centre.
My blog Urban Viti (2010-2014) documented Pacific art and lifestyle. It featured interviews, DIY projects and promoted exhibitions, performances and events.