About the Curator:
Ruha Fifita was born and raised in the Island Kingdom of Tonga and continues to engage with the Pacific region through her interdisciplinary arts practice and work as curatorial assistant for Pacific Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Curator-at-Large for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. In her role at QAGOMA, Fifita has contributed to several major exhibitions including two iterations of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and sis: Pacific Art 1980 -2023. As a curator, Fifita has predominantly worked with artists and creative communities from Tonga, Fiji, Hawai’i, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia – with a strong interest in celebrating and strengthening the connection these arts practices have to local communities. As an artist, Fifita works closely with her siblings and extended family, developing a creative practice which focuses on fostering collaboration, community engagement and connection with indigenous methods and materials to achieve social change.
Our Museum is commissioned as part of the curatorial program Parallel Structures (2023-2024), led by Verónica Tello (UNSW Art & Design) and Salote Tawale (Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney) in collaboration with the Murray Art Museum Albury. The exhibition design for Parallel Structures is led by Ying-Lan Dann, RMIT Interior Design, in dialogue with Parallel and the Murray Art Museum Albury. Parallel Structures is the exhibition outcome of the Australian Research Council project Parallel. For more information, please visit https://parallelstructures.art. With thanks to the Parallel Advisory Network, Runway Journal, the Australian Research Council, Create NSW, Creative Australia, and the School of Art & Design, University of New South Wales, for their generous support.