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DVD002186

Pacific Washup

Rakena, Rachel. New Zealand. 2003.

Title:
Pacific Washup
Found on compilation title:
Video Ground: Recent Moving Image Works From Australia and Aotearo/New Zealand
Director:
Rakena, Rachel
Country:
New Zealand
Year:
2003
Description:
DVD - Region free.   viewing copy.
Short.   6 minutes.   color.   sound.   fullscreen
Language:
English
Genre:
Experimental / Avant Garde; Video Production
Notes:
Program notes: “Pacific Islanders traditionally trace lineage along ocean currents, through historic connections to specific island homelands. A collaboration between Maori artist Rachel Rakena and Fez Fa’anana and Brian Fuata, Australian performers with Samoan heritage, PACIFIC WASHUP presents a performative take on the Pacific Island diaspora. The plastic stripy bags that roll on to Sydney’s Bondi beach in this work are recognizable to many as a cheap and easy way to gather and lug belongings. Rakena playfully acknowledges their ubiquity as the typically chosen luggage of relocation for young Islanders migrating to Australia from Pacific homelands. Her work touches on the importance of the sea in narrating identity, as well as the economic and cultural challenges that accompany this contemporary rite of passage.”
Status:
IN