Salote Tawale was born in Suva, Fiji Islands and grew up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and is now based in Sydney, NSW. Tawale has been a lecturer and tutor in Photomedia and studio practice at Monash, Deakin Universities, the University of Sydney and at the University of New South Wales. Salote has developed and taught various workshops for school and community groups over the past 20 years.
Salote was a participant in our Mana Moana | Mana Wahine exhibition, showing her work Veibuni in May 2019.
Veibuni, Single channel video, 4:44, 2018
Veibuni is a love song to Salote’s bubu Seiniana, its title describes their relationship. This single channel video work fades between imagery of Salote singing a pop/rock ballad by the American band, Cheap Trick, to slow pans of the land in which Seiniana now rests, in the village Nakuruwai. As in most of her work, Salote re-forms and performs her identity and experience of a translocated Indigeneity, that is, removed from land and separated from traditional practices, and consequently repositioned within Australian immigrant histories. There is no sound but the viewer is given the lyrics as screen text.
For more information on Salote Tawale please visit: http://salotetawale.com/About-Salote-Tawale
To contact Salote Tawale: Salote76@yahoo.com.au