Staff profile - Torika Bolatagici

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Ms Torika Bolatagici

Position: Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17641 +61 3 925 17641



Torika is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University where she teaches contemporary photographic theory and practice, and a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

Torika's interdisciplinary practice investigates the relationships between visual culture, human ecology and contemporary Pacific identities. Torika works across a range of media, including photography, video and mixed-media installation. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Most recently her series Export Quality (2009/13) was presented in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery.

Torika has published and presented locally and internationally about contemporary visual culture, gender, identity and the Pacific.


Colour Box Studio
Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

Professional activities

June 2013 – Community Reading Room; installation of books and other resources at Colour Box Studio, Footscray, Melbourne.

May 2013 – Pasifik Young Artists photography workshop facilitator, Colour Box Studio, Footscray, Melbourne.

April 2013 – Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium coordinator, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray, Melbourne.


Teaching Interests

ACM204 Contemporary Photography (Unit Chair) and ACM202 Advanced Digital Imaging (Unit Chair).

Torika is also available for Honours supervision.

Subjects and units currently teaching

ACM204 - Contemporary Photography.

Conferences and seminars

Bolatagici, T. Representing Fijian Bodies and the Economy of War Paper to The IV Oceanic Conference on International Studies, Auckland University, 30 June - 2 July 2010, Auckland, Aotearoa-New Zealand. Bolatagici, T. Paper to The Big Island: Promoting Contemporary Pacific Art and Craft in Australia: A Development Workshop, University of Wollongong, Australia, November 2009. Bolatagici, T. Representing Fijian Bodies and the Economy of War, paper to Gender and Militarism in the Pacific workshop, Victoria University, Wellington, Aotearoa-New Zealand, October 2009. Bolatagici, T. Clowning Around: Representing Race and Rebellion in the Classroom; Paper to Teachers, Teaching and the Movies, St Mary's College, Moraga, California, March 2009. Bolatagici, T. Multiracial Identities: (Re)presenting the Third Space; Paper to Pacifika Ways of Knowing: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York,United States.February 2002. Bolatagici, T. From the (n)either/(n)or of Third Space: (re)presenting hybrid identity and the embodiment of post-race; Paper to Motivation & Inspiration: Deakin University Postgraduate Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia, September 2001.

Related Links

Torika's website.
Deakin Research Online


Research projects

Torika's creative work and practice-led research exists at the intersection of art and politics as she tackles issues around gender, race, globalization and contemporary visual culture.

Torika is currently a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at the College of Fine Arts. Her PhD research titled The Personal is Geopolitical: Constructing the Fijian Military Body is concerned with ways in which the Fijian military body has been mythologised and constructed through colonial and neo-colonial visual representations, and explores Fijian agency and the role of soldier photography in the co-construction of these myths.

Torika is also on the management team for the Contemporary Pacific arts Festival where she is responsible for curating the Pacific Arts and Culture symposia and related publication, as well as facilitating youth arts workshops for the local Pacific community.

Research interests

- contemporary photographic theory and practice;
- human ecologies;
- military visual culture;
- mixed-race identity;
- postcolonial theory;
- intersections of race, gender and representation;
- contemporary art of the Pacific;
- image projection;
- mixed-media installation.
- publication and design;
- engaging with young artists and building community engagement with the arts.

Research grants

2012 - Australia Council: Visual Arts Board - Early Career New Work 
2010 - Australia Council: Visual Arts Board - Skills and Development

Research page



Bolatagici, T (2013) Editor Mana Motu Vol.1 for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium. 

Bolatagici, T. (2011) ‘Export quality: Representing Fijian bodies and the economy of war’, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol. 52, No. 1, April, pp.5-16.

Bolatagici, T. (2010) ‘Just Like Home: Suburban Realities in the work of Lisa Hilli’, Art Monthly Australia, #232,pp.58-59.

Bolatagici, T. (2010) ‘Just Like Home: Suburban Realities in the work of Lisa Hilli’, exhibition catalogue essay for Lisa Hilli Kultour project.

Bolatagici, T. (2004) ‘Claiming the (n)either/(n)or of ‘third space’ (re)presenting Hybrid Identity and the Embodiment of Mixed Race’, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 25, Number 1, April, pp.75-85.

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