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Taloi Havini Habitat

2017 Pavillon Neuflize OBC

Taloi Havini’s artistic and curatorial practice centers on the deconstruction of the politics of location, and the transmission of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Her work responds to the history and culture of Bougainville, where she was born, and acknowledges her people’s deep connection to land, despite years of conflict and civil war. In her research, Taloi Havini engages with living cultural practitioners and Oceanian material collections and archives. She often responds to these experiences and sites of investigation with experimental ceramic installations, print, photographic and video works in solo and collaborative works. She is actively involved in cultural heritage projects, exhibitions, research and community development in Melanesia and Australia.

For her residency at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo’s creation laboratory, Taloi Havini benefits from the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Total, as part of the programme “Emerging Talents from Emerging Countries”, whose objective is to discover and reveal little-known creative artists from South-East Asia, while inviting them to dialogue with the French scene.


From 14/06/2017 to 10/09/2017

Open every day except Tuesdays, from noon until midnight.

Taloi Havini

Originally from Bougainville Island, the artist and curator Taloi Havini is a guest of the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo’s creation laboratory for the year 2016 – 2017. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Canberra School of Art at the Australian National University.
She has exhibited in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region since 2002. Recent exhibitions include: Sharjah Biennial 13 (United Arab Emirates, 2017), 3rd Aichi Triennial: Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan (Nagoya, 2016), 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery | GoMA, Brisbane, 2015) and Meleponi Pasifika (iCAN Indonesian Contemporary Art Network, Yogyakarta, 2014).

This exhibition benefits from the support of: