Dr Torika Bolatagici

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer in Art and Performance

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Torika's practice focuses on the centering of black and brown lived-experience and the relationships between visual culture, human ecologies and contemporary indigenous counter-narrative. She is interested in exploring the tensions and intersections between gender, embodied knowledge, commodification, migration and globalization.

Torika's work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Taiwan, Mexico City, Yogyakarta and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at local and international conferences on the representation of mixed-race identity; Pacific arts practice in Australia and Fiji and gender and militarism in the Pacific.

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Research interests

- creative placemaking;
- social documentary;
- visual narrative;
- cross-platform storytelling;
- military visual culture;
- mixed-race identity;
- decolonial theory;
- intersectionality and representation;
- image projection and installation;
- photobook publication and design;
- building community engagement with the arts;
- inclusive and interscetional pedagogies.

Units taught

ACI102 - Digital Photography
ACI204 - Contemporary Documentary and Narative Photography
ACI304 - Folio and Professional Practice
ACA410/710 - Contemporary Debates in Creative Arts
 

Projects

Torika also produces socially-engaged projects such as the Pacific Photobook Project and the Community Reading Room which foster life-affirming spaces for creative communities of colour.

In her role as Symposium coordinator for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival in 2013 and 2014, Torika curated multiple panels to extend the discourse around contemporary Pacific arts practice in Australia and invited speakers to reflect on themes such as art and activism, museums, collecting and curating, cultural appropriation and contemporary practice. She also produced the symposium publication Mana Motu (2013 and 2014).

Publications

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2018

The Camouflage Act

T Bolatagici

(2018), C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Victoria, J2

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2017

The community reading room

T Bolatagici

(2017), Melbourne, Vic., J1

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Canopy

T Bolatagici

(2017), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, J1

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Transoceanic Visual Exchange

N McGuire, K Kennedy, T Bolatagici

(2017), Footscray, Vic.; St. George, Barbados; St. Michael, Barbados, J2

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2016

Somatic soldier: embodiment and the aesthetic of absence and presence

T Bolatagici

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 125-132, Critical military studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Pacific Photobook Project

T Bolatagici

(2015), Information Cultural Exchange (Sydney) and Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne), J2

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2014

Small axe

T Bolatagici

(2014), Melbourne, Vic., J1

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2013

iSeru : Meleponi Pasifika Exhibition

T Bolatagici

(2013), Footscray, Victoria, J1-1

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PORTFOLIO (2012): Exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery

T Bolatagici

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., J1-1

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PORTFOLIO (2012): Exhibition at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

T Bolatagici

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., J1-1

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2012

Weaving pixels

T Bolatagici

(2012), Brisbane, Qld., J2

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Another sun, 2012

T Bolatagici

(2012), Brisbane, Qld., J2

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Ecology / economy

T Bolatagici

(2012), Brisbane, Qld., J2

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NeoGeoNative

T Bolatagici

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., J2

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A girl like you

T Bolatagici

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., J2

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Rhythmicity

T Bolatagici

(2012), Burwood, Melbourne, J1-1

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2011

Export quality: Representing Fijian bodies and the economy of war

T Bolatagici

(2011), Vol. 52, pp. 5-16, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, C1

journal

Padangustasana with dadakulaci

T Bolatagici

(2011), Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, J1-1

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2010

Just like home : suburban realities and the art of Lisa Hilli

T Bolatagici

(2010), pp. 58-59, Art monthly Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal

Representing Fijian bodies and the economy of war

T Bolatagici

(2010), pp. 1-21, OCIS 2010 : Proceedings of the 4th Oceanic Conference on International Studies 2010, Auckland, New Zealand, E1

conference
2009

Missing Pacific/Decolonise your mind

T Bolatagici

(2009), Frankston, Vic., J2

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Kurunuavanua: Fijian bodies and the economy of war

T Bolatagici

(2009), North Hobart, Tasmania, J2

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Spirit of enterprise

T Bolatagici

(2009), Bus Projects, 117 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne, J2

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Protect me

T Bolatagici

(2009), Auckland, N.Z., J2

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2007

Kurunavanua : black bodies and war : solo exhibition

T Bolatagici

(2007), Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, J1-1

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Torika Bolatagici portfolio

T Bolatagici

(2007), Burwood, Vic., J1-1

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2004

Claiming the (n)either/(n)or of 'third space': (re)presenting hybrid identity and the embodiment of mixed race

T Bolatagici

(2004), Vol. 25, pp. 75-85, Journal of intercultural studies, London, England, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Tabu: Fijian Kali and Hair Ritual

Dr Torika Bolatagici, Dr Lienors Torre, Dr Shaun Bangay, Dr Alexander Baldwin, Mr Simeon Taylor

  • 2018: $31,911

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report