This image forces you to look at it and prompts further enquiry. If it doesn’t induce you to step up to it for a closer look, it makes you do a double take as you pass it. This piece speaks to the need to consider Pacific people at an individual level rather than as one nebulous mass that originates from a Gondwanaland-style place called “The Islands”. The need for closer scrutiny and individual consideration is particularly poignant for queer Pacific Islanders who, despite some cultural allowances, remain largely invisible in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Fiji native, Luisa Tora works with poetry and visual art around themes of gender, sexuality and militarism. She co-curated VASU: Pacific Women of Power in 2008 (Fiji’s first all-woman multimedia exhibition), and co-edited the accompanying publication. The qualified journalist recently started a zine called Diasporadic where she rambles on about all things brown, queer and female. She spends a lot of energy writing to, for, and about girls; and is an avid art groupie.