Navigating Pacific cultures and identities in Australia

Navigating Pacific cultures and identities in Australia

Navigating Pacific cultures and identities in Australia

Updated 9 April 2013, 14:47 AEST

What is the relevance of contemporary Pacific arts in Australia?  This is one of the questions being asked at a Pacific focused festival in Melbourne.

The inaugural Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival delivered some thought-provoking discussions on cultural identity, hybridity and authenticity.

 "I only represent myself" says Sydney-based Latai Taumoepeau who describes herself as a Punake (a composer of movement and poetry in theTongan language) and a performance artist.  Latai says her work explores the intersections where her Tongan ethnicity and Australian cultural heritage meet but she  does not see herself as representing Tongan culture.
 
Her thoughts are echoed by Jacob Tolo and Leuli Eshrahgi, both artists and curators of Samoan heritage who joined Isabelle  Genoux to discuss some of the  questions raised during a lively discussion on authenticity and identity in contemporary art of the Pacific diaspora.
 
Speakers:  Latai Taumoepeau. Jacob Tolo and Leuli Eshraghi
Presenter: Isabelle Genoux

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Isabelle Genoux

Isabelle Genoux

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Isabelle is an experienced bilingual reporter, producer and presenter and has worked for Radio Australia’s French and English language programs for 28 years.

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