Salote Tawale: Love From Here
When: Friday 11 June – Sunday 29 August
Where: Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery
Love from here is a new solo exhibition by Salote Tawale.This video installation acts as a self-portrait and relates to her ongoing exploration into cultural identity in particular, the diaspora experience and the realities of being from a mixed heritage. Each element of the work explores the coalescence of her Fijian heritage with everyday life living in contemporary Australia.
The video is in the style of a YouTube cooking show and depicts Tawale in a campfire setting cooking a traditional Fijian dish which uses colonial ingredients such as corned beef. Rather than being filmed in her village in Fiji, the video is shot on Australian bushland.
Adding to this idea of removal or relocation, the video is positioned within cut-out paintings of potted indoor plants from her home. The use of indoor plants references the idea of bringing the outdoors inside, as well as the colonial practice of importing native species from colonised countries and growing them in unfamiliar environments where they then begin to settle.
From the perspective of her Indigenous Fijian and Anglo-Australian heritage, Tawale explores the identity of the individual within collective systems. Works draw on personal experiences of race, class, ethnicity and gender formed from growing up in suburban Australia.
Having exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Para-Site Gallery, Hong Kong. Tawale recieved the 2017 Create NSW Visual Arts Fellowship and the Michela and Adrian Fini Artist Fellowship through the Sheila Foundation. Tawale undertook an Indigenous Visual and Digital residency at the Banff Centre, Canada and an Australia Council residency (London). Tawale is an Associate Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney.