Bipotaim en Ya Nau



SKU: 21-52ERUB30cm x 30cm Category: Tags: ,


Artist : Erub Artists

Medium: Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Size: 30cm x 30cm

Title: Bipotaim en Ya Nau

(Before Time and Here Now)

The mosaic of 64 canvases hangs in a cross formation and was developed through community workshops. Lynnette Griffiths led the workshop, “It started with a map of Erub and through the workshop we progressively deconstructed the map, noting 1871 as the point of change. It has been layered with different meanings but focusses on the change process.
We have discussed what is and isn’t important – the sea, totems, food and seasons are written onto those canvases”.
The installation is about the special significance of the Coming of the Light to their island in 1871. It is the 150 th anniversary of this event, which is acknowledged as a pivotal point of change – when Christian missionaries from Lifou (New Caledonia) travelled to Erub. This event is so celebrated: it was Pacific islanders to Pacific islanders so there was culture in common. It was not the mainland missionary model. Many of the missionaries stayed, their bloodlines blending forever with Erubam le.
In recent years, cultural exchanges have seen descendants of those first visitors from Lifou visit Erub and vice versa (2011, 2013, 2018). By all accounts, these emotional events have built connections across the generations.
To celebrate the 150 th anniversary this year the artists worked together to create a multi-panel mosaic painting that reflects on the power of these connections and the way in which the Coming of the Light has impacted their living memory. The Panels can be arranged in various formations to create various meanings – just as our memories are individual so is each panel. Together they tell a story. Artist Racy Oui-Pitt says of Coming of the Light, “It is through political and language barriers that the divide between Lifou and Torres Strait has widened – blood ties will always be and will always bring us together.”

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Weight 1 kg

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