Taloi Havini

born 1981 Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville

emigrated to Australia 1990 

Taloi Havini works across photography, ceramics, video and large projections, dramatic image sequencing and immersive surround sound. Inspired by her inherited knowledge and Bougainville governance systems, her research in the archives and collections often leads to new work exploring conflicting agendas in the context of history and nation-building.

Her work is held in public and private collections including the Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, KADIST, San Francisco, CA, USA. Taloi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University and has exhibited in the Sharjah Biennial 13 (United Arab Emirates, 2017), 3rd Aichi Triennial: Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan (Nagoya, 2016), 8th & 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery | GoMA, Brisbane, 2015 & 2018).

E: taloihavini@gmail.com

Selected Exhibitions

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 9), Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Oceania, Royal Academy of Arts (London) and the Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac (Paris)
A Beast, A God and a Line (part of Dhaka Art Summit), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Para Site, Hong Kong; Yangon, Myanmar; and Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Vanishing Point, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea
In Your Dreams, Australian Centre for Photography, UNSW Galleries, Sydney Festival

The Pacific, Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver, BC, Canada
Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Jim Thompson Art Center, Thailand
The Rubies, Main Gallery, ANU School of Art and Design, Canberra
Limitless Horizon: Vertical Perspective, Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) 
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (a solo exhibition, Pavillon Neuflize OBC residency)
Prec (ar) ious Collectives, Palais de Tokyo and Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Greece
Soils and stones, Souls and Songs, Para Site, Hong Kong
Sharjah Biennial 13, United Arab Emirates
The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Impact, UTS Gallery, Sydney
The extractive frontier: mining for art, Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria
Another Day in Paradise, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney

Precarious Nature, The Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch in New Zealand
No. 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016, Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) 
Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
Soils and stones, Souls and Songs, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design ( MCAD), Manila
Impact, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Queensland  
AICHI Triennial, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything Else, Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) 
Art of the Pacific, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
You are invited, Watters Gallery of Victoria, Sydney

8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 8), Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)  
Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery
New Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Meleponi Pasifika, iCAN Indonesian Contemporary Art Network, Yogyakarta
Exquisite Corpstallation, Ace House Collective, Yogyakarta
18C, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne

Meleponi Pasifika, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne

ONE, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne

Blood Generation, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne

From the Edge, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
From the Edge, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

Tatou Tatou, 4th Pacific Wave Festival, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra
BA (Hons) Graduation exhibition, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
Yumi Yet - Bougainville: This Is Us, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney

Guest Lectures/Presentations/ Residency
2018 International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NYC
2017 Pavillon Neuflize OBC residency, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2017 Something you should know seminar designed and organized by Patricia Falguières, Elisabeth Lebovici and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez and supported by the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte
2016 Artist lecture, School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, Manila, Philippines
2014 Practicing Resistance Symposium, presented by Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) in partnership with Curtin University's School of Design and Art (SoDA)
2014 Engaging Communities, Symposium of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival
2013 Addressing the Archive, Symposium of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival
2013 Guest lecturer, Photography Studies, School of Creative Arts, Deakin University
2004 Shared History: Stories from the Pacific Collection, Documentary, Australian Museum

Awards & Grants
2018 Australia Council for the Arts
2018 Edwards Trust ISCP residency and grant award for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, NYC
2018 Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, American Australian Association
2018 Create NSW
2017 National Association for Visual Arts, made possible through a generous donation from Penelope Seidler AM
2016 Veolia Acquisitive Award
2008 Shortlisted for The International Rolex Philanthropic Young Laureates Grants Scheme
2008 Community Prophets Award for environmental advocacy film An Uncertain Future, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
2004 Acquisitive Graduate Award, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

Selected Bibliography
Thomas, Nicholas. ‘Human Flow in Melanesia: Taloi Havini’s artefacts and habitats’, Artlink Magazine, Issue 38:3, September, 2018
Weise, Kyle. 'Limitless Horizon: Vertical Perspective', Millennium Film Journal, No.67 Spring, 2018. p 8 - 13
Coleman, Sheridan. 'No Woman is an Island', Art Guide Australia, editorial, April, 2018
Walsh, Elli. 'Vanishing Point', Art Almanac, April 2018
McDougall, Ruth. ‘Ples bilong mi (place belong me) Taloi Havini: Habitat’, Broadsheet Journal, Issue 46.3, 2017, pp. 46–50, 2017
McDougall, Ruth. ‘Taloi Havini’, in French, Blair et al. The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Syney, 2017
Kubler, Alison. ‘50 things collectors need to know 2017: Curators’ radar: 16. Taloi Havini’, Art Collector, Issue 79, Jan–Mar 2017
Bolatagici, Torika; Gordon-Smith, Gordon; Havini, Taloi; Kake, Leilani; Eshraghi, Léuli; Tavola, Ema. ‘Socially Engaged Arts Practice in Oceania’, In Conversation: Place and Revolution, 27 March 2015
Eshraghi, Léuli. Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water [ex. cat.], Moreton Bay Regional Council, Caboolture, 2015
Eshraghi, Léuli. ‘We are born of the Fanua: Moananui arts practice in Australia’, Artlink Indigenous: Global edition, Indigenous Global, Vol. 35 No. 2, June 2015
Genoux, Isabelle (presenter). ‘New Voice for Blood Generation through photography’, Radio Australia, 25 March 2014
Genoux, Isabelle (presenter). ‘Giving a voice to Bougainville youth’, Radio Australia, 28 March 2014
Havini, Taloi. un Magazine - un Projects, Issue 10.1, 2016, p. 7
Havini, Taloi. ‘Addressing the Archive: Pacific collections in museums and galleries’, Mana Motu, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 42–56
Havini, Taloi. ‘Acknowledging the Blood Generation: Bougainville’, Artlink, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2013, pp. 41–43
Havini, Taloi. ‘An uncertain future’, Mana Motu, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 16–19
Havini, Taloi. ‘Shrouded in Mystery’, Explore, Australian Museum, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2010, p. 6
Havini, Taloi. ‘An uncertain future’, Explore, Australian Museum, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2008, pp. 14–16
Havini, Taloi and McRae, Georgia (Producers). An Uncertain Future (Film), Pacific Black Box Inc. Melbourne, 2008
Havini, Taloi. ‘Bougainville's totems autonomous: Naboin, Nakas, Nakaripa, Natasi’, Avicam, 6 December 2003
NAVA: in conversation curator Anneke Jaspers with Taloi Havini about Habitat, 2017, final episode in a series exploring The National 2017 AGNSW
McDougall, Ruth. ‘Highlight: Taloi Havini and Stuart Miller 'Blood Generation'’, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Blog, 16 June 2015
McKenzie, Helen. ‘If I could have’, Art Collector, Isuue 76, Apr–Jun 2016
Rubeli, Ella. ‘Born in the Bougainville conflict: a photography series’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2015

Sharjah Art Museum, Al Shuwaiheen, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
KADIST, San Francisco, CA, USA
Research School of Asia & the Pacific (RSAP), Australian National University, Canberra
The University of Queensland, Brisbane
The Macquarie Group Collection, Sydney
Veolia Australia and New Zealand, Sydney

2004 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Canberra School of Art, Australian National University


© Taloi Havini 2015