Taloi Havini

born in Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville

based in Australia  

Taloi Havini currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Havini's work is often a personal response to the politics of location exploring contested sites and histories connected within Oceania; employing photography, sculpture, immersive video and mixed-media installations. Working with living contemporary practitioners she is actively involved in community projects in Bougainville and Australia, such as the Women’s Wealth project exhibition.

Her artwork 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 Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE, 3rd Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, 8th & 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Queensland Art Gallery | GoMA, Brisbane.

email taloihavini@gmail.com


Selected Exhibitions

Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery, BC
Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne
52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, Artspace, Sydney
To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii, USA
Océanie, Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris
9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Vanishing Point, Australian National University School of Art & Design Gallery, Canberra
A Beast, A God and a Line, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 9), Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Oceania, Royal Academy of Arts, London
A Beast, A God and a Line (part of Dhaka Art Summit), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh; Para Site, Hong Kong; Yangon, Myanmar
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

2014 Meleponi Pasifika, iCAN Indonesian Contemporary Art Network, Yogyakarta
2014 Exquisite Corpstallation, Ace House Collective, Yogyakarta
2014 18C, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Meleponi Pasifika, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
2011 Blood Generation, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne
2006 From the Edge, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
2006 From the Edge, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
2004 Tatou Tatou, 4th Pacific Wave Festival, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
2004 Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra
2004 BA (Hons) Graduation exhibition, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
2002 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 ( Asia Pacific Triennial APT9: production of Habitat, 2018 )
2018 Edwards Trust ISCP residency and grant award for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, NYC
2018 Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, American Australian Association, USA residency
2018 Create NSW ( Quick response grant: International Studio & Curatorial Residency Program, USA)
2017 National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA: grant for new work)
2016 Veolia Acquisitive Award (Primavera, MCA)
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 | Reviews
Magagnoli, Paolo. ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, Burlington Contemporary (review)
Cascone, Sarah. ‘8 Highlights From the Honolulu Biennial, From Imelda Marcos’s Jewelry Collection to 100 Portraits of Native Hawaiian Leaders’, artnet news (review)
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