I don’t see colour

Salote Tawale | 30 July - 10 October

Salote Tawale is the inaugural recipient of the Michela & Adrian Fini Artist Fellowship, awarded by the Sheila Foundation.

I don’t see colour presents a new body of work by Salote Tawale, the starting point for which is a conversation that took place between the artist and a philosophy student at a party in the UK. Presenting painting, installation and video, “I don’t see colour” is a response to this exchange and an attempt to process the implications of this statement in the face of the unevenly felt impacts of climate change brought on by colonial and capitalist structures. The artist imagines climate change as an indiscriminate force that doesn’t see colour either.

Salote Tawale’s expansive practice explores the inherent conflict of being a Fijian Australian, a heritage that simultaneously includes and excludes Tawale from a dominant post-colonial Australia. Employing photography, video, drawing, sculpture, installation and live actions, Tawale 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 immigrant histories.


    Salote Tawale was born in Suva, Fiji Islands and grew up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and is currently based in Sydney, NSW. From the perspective of her translocated Indigenous Fijian and Anglo-Australian heritage, Tawale explores the identity of the individual within collective systems. Examining through self-performance, Tawale draws on personal experiences of race, class, ethnicity and gender formed by growing up in suburban Australia.

    Tawale completed an undergraduate degree in Media Arts and Masters of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne and a Masters of Fine art and Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Tawale has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Spring Workshop in Hong Kong for Para Site gallery; at ICAN in Jogakata Indonesia. Tawale undertook an Indigenous Visual and Digital residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada and received the Inaugural 2017 Create NSW Visual Arts Midcareer/Established Fellowship. Tawale recently undertook the Australia Council for the Arts six-month residency at Acme, London, focussing on colonial archives; Fijian Objects, imagery and written records.


    Friday 30 July – Sunday 10 October 2021

    Exhibition Opening | Thursday 29 July


    First Floor Galleries


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