Taloi Havini - Nakas clan

born 1981 Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville

emigrated to Australia 1990

lives and works in Melbourne, Sydney and Buka

Interdisciplinary artist Taloi Havini works in ceramics, photography, printmedia, video and mixed media installation. Her practice centres on the deconstruction of the politics of location, and the intergenerational transmission of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. In her research, Taloi engages with living cultural practitioners, material collections and archives and often responds to these experiences and sites of investigation with experimental ceramic, print, photographic and video installations. She is actively involved in cultural heritage projects, solo and collaborative works, research and community projects across Melanesia and Australia.

Her work is held in public and private collections including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian National University. Taloi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University and has exhibited in Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney, Yogyakarta, Philippines, Japan and New Zealand. 

Andrew Baker Art Dealer
26 Brookes Street
Bowen Hills, Brisbane, QLD 4006
P +61 (0) 7 3252 2292
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Email the artist: taloihavini@gmail.com
Instagram: @taloihavini

Selected Exhibitions

Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
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, Brisbane
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
Art of the Pacific, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
You are invited, Watters Gallery of Victoria, Sydney

The 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
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 Speaker, Photography Studies, School of Creative Arts, Deakin University
2004 Shared History: Stories from the Pacific Collection, Documentary, Australian Museum

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

We are born of the Fanua: Moananui arts practice in Australia, Léuli Eshraghi, Artlink Indigenous: Global edition, June 2015     

Socially Engaged Arts Practice in Oceania, In Conversation: Place and Revolution, openengagement  

McDougall, Ruth Highlight: Taloi Havini and Stuart Miller 'Blood Generation', Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Blog  


2016 un Magazine issue 10.1  - un Projects

2014 Addressing the Archive: Pacific collections in museums and galleries, in Mana Motu, Issue 1, 2014, pp42-56

2013 Acknowledging the Blood Generation: Bougainville, in Artlink Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2013, pp41-43

2013 An uncertain future, in Mana Motu, Issue 1, 2013, pp16-19

2010 Shrouded in Mystery, in Explore Magazine, Australian Museum, Vol. 32, No. 3, p6

2008 An uncertain future, in Explore Magazine, Australian Museum, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp14-16

2003 Bougainville's totems autonomous: Naboin, Nakas, Nakaripa, Natasi, online at AVICAM



Rubeli, Ella. ‘Born in the Bougainville conflict: a photography series’, The Sydney Morning Herald, December 2015

New Voice for Blood Generation through photography, Radio Australia, 25 March 2014

Giving a voice to Bougainville youth, Radio Australia, 28 March 2014



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


© Taloi Havini 2015