Pōuliuli is a living Indigenous space featuring work by Indigenous artists and collectives based in Kulin Nation territory, Vasa Loloa (Great Ocean) and Turtle Island (North America): Angela Tiatia (Sāmoan), Anne Riley (Cree, Dené), Fafswag Collective members Pati Tyrell (Sāmoan), Sione Monu (Tongan) and Manu Vaea (Tongan), Aata (Tahitian), Ripley Kavara (Toaripi), Suzanne Kite (Oglala Lakota), and curator Léuli Eshraghi (Sāmoan, Persian).
A place to gather, deepen and engage with Indigenous knowledges, Pōuliuli positions audiences in this moment of return to Indigenous genders, sexualities and ceremonial-political practices. This is an accessible and culturally safe space held by Indigenous peoples who identify with many ways of being and knowing including Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, queer, femme/feminine, and man/masculine.
Dark or deep night of potentiality in Sāmoan, Pōuliuli alludes to nocturnal ceremonial-political practices within vā, spaces of mutually beneficial relationships, providing ample space for Indigenous spoken, written, ritual and sensual languages to be activated.
Opening Event – PŌULIULI (FĀ‘ALIGA): Suzanne Kite – Indigenous Listening
Suzanne Kite, aka Kite, is a Southern California-based, Oglala Lakota artist, performer and composer working with electronics, sound, text and video.
At West Space, Suzanne will present ‘INDIGENOUS LISTENING’, a lecture on soundscapes, musicologies, and traditions in her own work and that of artists including Post Commodity and Rebecca Belmore, and ‘EVERYTHING I SAY IS TRUE’, a multi-media narrative work that uses family ephemera and history to consider concepts of truth in relation to Oglala Lakota knowledge systems.
This event will begin with a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Diane Kerr and will also include performances by Olivia Crawford, Iki Finau, Ileini Kabalan and Aunty Lesieli Taufa, and Sāmoan interdisciplinary artist Pati Solomona Tyrell who will perform the piece FA‘AAFA Activation from 2015.
The event will be Auslan interpreted.
PŌULIULI is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, the Curatorial Practice program at Monash University Art Design + Architecture (MADA), Liquid Architecture, and Midsumma Festival.