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Born 1981, Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia
Born 1983, Sydney, Australia
Lives and works between Sydney, Australia and London, UK
Taloi Havini and Stuart Miller's photographs respond to the history and culture of Havini's native Bougainville. A descendant of the Nakas clan, Havini's 'Blood generation' 2009-12 portraits engage with the deep connection to land that her people have, as well as the ravages of open-cut mining and over ten years of civil war (1988–2000). The portraits of Buka youth feature and are dedicated to a group of young people born during the bloody Bougainville conflict. They are taken in the environments around Bougainville, including the devastated landscape around the Panguna mine. Naming her subjects and rendering her portraits in crystalline detail, Havini draws attention to their individuality and their shared experiences of loss. Her strong portraits also assert cultural resilience, reminding audiences of ongoing battles for native title and the right to self-determination.
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Taloi Havini, Hakö people, Artist, Autonomous Region of Bougainville/Australia b.1981 / Stuart Miller, Photographer, Australia b.1983 / Mathew in the blue corner, Buka 2011, printed 2014 / Digital print on Canson Platine fibre rag paper 310gsm, ed. 1/10 / Purchased 2014. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artists.
Taloi Havini , Hakö people, Artist, Autonomous Region of Bougainville/Australia b.1981 / Stuart Miller, Photographer, Australia b.1983 / Jedi and the Mona (from ‘Blood Generation’ series) 2009, printed 2015 / Digital print on Canson Platine fibre rag paper 310gsm. edn. 2/10 / Courtesy: Taloi Havini and Stuart Miller / © The artists.