O kemuni mai vei || Where are you from?

Dulcie Stewart / O kemuni mai vei? II Where are you from? 2016 / Reclaimed family photographs, mixed media installation. The Veiqia Project exhibition, ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland, March 2016. (Photo by Sangeeta Singh, courtesy of The Veiqia Project)

O kemuni mai vei || Where are you from?  examines the content of archival materials within the context of Fijian colonial history and my family history. The work includes framed portraits of Fijian women from the 19th to 21st centuries in a living room setting. The photographs were sourced from my family’s personal collections and those found in cultural institutions and private collections.

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Commissioned for The Veiqia Project, curated by Ema Tavola and Dr Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo, 16-26 March 2016, ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland.

The Veiqia Project, 9 March – 8 June 2017, Fiji Museum, Suva.

With thanks to Caroline Rokoua, Laurel Stewart, Mella Rudin, Robert Kennedy, Robert Osborne, Stephanie Browne-Qarase, and  The University of Queensland Library.