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08 May — 08 May

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Artists Talks, General Event

Artist Talk with Kate Robertson and special Guest Chief Alex Dawia

NorthSite Contemporary Arts

Join Artist Kate Robertson and Chief Alex Dawia to discuss her exhibition Kuna Siuwai Pokong – Medicinal plants from Siwai
About this event

NorthSite Contemporary Arts Invites you to walk through Kate Robertson’s exhibition, Kuna Siuwai Pokong – Medicinal plants from Siwai with the artist, discuss her artworks in discuss her artworks in concept and presentation.

This exhibition chronicles plants and their medicinal properties from the Siwai region of Bougainville Island, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, through photographic light recordings. Concerned with the erosion of tacit traditional medicinal knowledge, Chief Alex Dawia of the Taa Lupumoiku Clan approached and invited Australian artist Kate Robertson to chronicle Siwai plant knowledge for preservation. Chief Jeffrey Noro of the Rura Clan, also from Siwai, joined their efforts, motivated by similar concerns to preserve tacit knowledge systems and provide positive recognition of their region.

Over five years, the project has evolved to include photographic prints, an embroidered fabric panel and a published book to explore how cross-cultural projects can provide mutual benefits through repatriation and transparency. Ultimately, it is a holistic inquiry into how we might work together across territorial borders, cultures and skillsets to achieve a shared future.

Ho mi ho kui ngung pekong tokunoi riku, hoko kukarei ho kui pokong tokunoi rihetong. Uwa ko, hoi nekong hongowa’a nahamong, ho kui pokong mi, ho pokong itikai yi haha’a roro ngo tawah. Ho korokoro rori hungyo, hoko musimang nekong toku topo inakarei.
(When you lose the traditional name, you lose the knowledge of the plant because the traditional name describes the functionality of the plant. Therefore, when we lose our language, we are bound to lose our biodiversity because we can no longer find the value in each plant). ”
– Dr Jeffrey Noro

Arrive at NorthSite, Bulmba-ja 96 Abbott St, Cairns City at 11.45am for 12pm talk in gallery 2.
Please sanitise and register your details at the entrance for COVID Contact Tracing via paper slip or QR code.
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We look forward to seeing you here!
NorthSite Team


NorthSite Contemporary Arts
96 Abbott Street
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
07 4050 9498
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07 4050 9498
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