[ISEA2006] Artists Statement: Rachael Rakena, Fez Fa’anana & Brian Fuata – Pacific Washup (2003-2004)

Artists Statement

Theme: Pacific Rim. Venue: Container Culture, South Hall

Pacific Washup is a video of a performance carried out during Australia’s repressive legislative response to refugees and the inflamed political debates that ensued. The work reflects the artists’ continuing interest in migration and immigration. Substantial Maori and Pacific Island communities in Sydney face cultural dislocation. Dynamic issues of migrant identity politics are reflected in video footage of performers encased in cheap bags being gently washed to shore.

Curator: Deborah Lawler-Dormer

  • Rachael Rakena (NZ)
  • Fez Fa’anana (AU)
  • Brian Fuata (AU)