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Torika Bolatagici

Padangustasana with dadakulaci (2011)
Digital composite
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
The dadakulaci is an amphibious sea snake, commonly found in the waters around Kadavu, Fiji. Straddling existence in the sea and on land, this graceful creature is obscured by myth. Although it is often dismissed as a passive sea snake with a jaw too small to injure a human, the dadkulaci is able to disarticulate its jaw to 180 degrees. Furthermore, it has the ability to withhold its powerful venom. Much of my previous work has been concerned with mixed race identity politics and the anxiety surrounding notions of authenticity. This work is about finding balance, being peace, and building the mental and physical strength to negotiate the obstacles that so often distract us on our path to authentic living.

Torika Bolatagici‘s father was from Fiji, her mother is Tasmanian; she was born and raised in Australia. Her photographic and video work has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Aotearoa and Australia. She has published and presented at local and international conferences about contemporary visual culture and the Pacific.

Torika is a photography lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the College of Fine Arts (University of New South Wales) titled ‘The Personal is Geopolitical’: Constructing the Fijian Military Body.

Website: http://torikabolatagici.com/

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