From 1900 to 1980 a phosphate company, British Phosphate Commissioners, owned by Australia, New Zealand and Britain mined the island of Banaba in what is now the Republic of Kiribati. The phosphate was manufactured into superphosphate fertiliser and applied to farms across Australia. As a result, the island was rendered uninhabitable and the Banabans were relocated to the island of Rabi in Fiji. Dr Katerina Teaiwa (Banaba/FJ/AUS) and exhibition curator Yuki Kihara (Samoa/NZ) bring together rare historical archives and new work that sheds light on this little known Australian history and its ongoing impact on Pacific communities.
Free artist talk 11AM Sat 18 Nov
Curator Yuki Kihara and artist Dr Katerina Teaiwa
This project is supported by the School of Art in the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
PHOTO FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE BRITISH PHOSPHATE COMMISSIONERS, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA
18 NOV – 17 DEC 2017
18 NOV – 17 DEC 10AM – 6PM
FREE ARTIST TALK SAT 18 NOV 11AM