Rosanna Raymond wearing Backhand Maiden 2015 / Purchased 2022 with funds from the Bequest of Jennifer Taylor through the QAGOMA Foundation / August 2023 / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / Photograph: C Baxter, QAGOMA

Rosanna Raymond wearing Backhand Maiden 2015 / Purchased 2022 with funds from the Bequest of Jennifer Taylor through the QAGOMA Foundation / August 2023 / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / Photograph: C Baxter, QAGOMA / View full image

Rosanna Raymond

Rosanna Raymond is guided by Samoan philosophical understandings of vā, in which time and space are activated by people, relationships and reciprocal obligations. She seeks to ‘acti.VĀ.te’ dynamic relationships, explaining her method as ‘a choreographic process that extends beyond the frames of art into both domestic routines and ritual protocols’. Of particular interest to Raymond is the ongoing care and custodianship of Pacific tāonga (cultural artefacts), which are held in museum and gallery collections around the world. Working closely with curators, conservators and other museum staff, Raymond’s body-centred practice introduces Pasifika methodologies and knowledge systems — such as vā — into museological understandings of the ‘conser–VĀ-tion’ of Niu Aitu (new creations).