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Artes Mundi 10: Taloi Havini

20 October 2023 - 24 February 2024


Taloi Havini, Habitat (2017), installation view. Photo: Stuart Whipps

Artes Mundi 10, Presenting Partner: Bagri Foundation

Taloi Havini (Nakas Tribe, Hakö people) was born in Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville. She employs a research practice informed by her matrilineal ties to her land and communities in Bougainville. This manifests in works created using a range of media including photography, audio–video, sculpture, immersive installation and print. She curates and collaborates across multi-art platforms using archives, working with communities and developing commissions locally and internationally. Knowledge—production, transmission, inheritance, mapping and representation are central themes in Havini’s work where she examines these in relation to land, architecture and place.

Havini lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. She is represented by Silverlens, Manila/New York.

Taloi Havini
Habitat, 2017
Three-channel, 16:9, HD, colour, 5.1 surround sound
10.40 minutes
Originally commissioned for The National by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Courtesy the artist and Silverlens

Taloi Havini
Where the rivers flow (Panguna, Jaba, Pangara, Konawiru), 2023
Archival inkjet print on cotton rag, dibond
Courtesy the artist and Silverlens

Artist profiles and statements

Taloi Havini

Taloi Havini is a multidisciplinary artist using a range of media including photography, audio – video, sculpture, immersive installation and print. Knowledge – production, inheritance, mapping, and representation in relation to her homeland in Bougainville are core themes across Havini’s work.


The Soul Expanding Ocean #1, Ocean Space, Campo S. Lorenzo, Venezia, Italy
Commissioned by TBA21–Academy and co-produced with Schmidt Ocean Institute, co-founded by Wendy Schmidt.  

Reclamation, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Reclamation is presented by Artspace in partnership with Sydney Festival and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, the NSW Government through Create NSW and the Gordon Darling Foundation. Reclamation was co-commissioned and produced by Artspace, Sydney and the Samdani Art Foundation for the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit. 

Habitat, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 
Pavilion Neuflize OBC residency 


In the Heart of Another Country, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany 
17th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Istanbul, Turkey 
Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Aotearoa New Zealand  
This language that is every stone, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia 
UN / LEARNING AUSTRALIA, Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul, South Korea and Artspace, Sydney, Australia

Art Basel der TANK gallery, Institut Kunst, Basel, Switzerland 
Momenta Biennale de l’image, Montréal, Canada 
This brittle light: Light Source Commission, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia 
Adelaide//International, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia 

Oceanie, Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Netherlands 
A beast, a god, and a line, Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway 
Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh   

The Courage for Peace, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia 
Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 
Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne, Australia 
52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, Artspace, Sydney, Australia 
To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii, USA 
Océanie, Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris, France 
Vanishing Point, Australian National University School of Art & Design Gallery, Canberra, Australia 
A Beast, A God and a Line, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland and Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway  

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia 
Oceania, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom 
A Beast, A God and a Line (part of Dhaka Art Summit), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh; Para Site, Hong Kong and Yangon, Myanmar 
Vanishing Point, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea, Sydney, Australia 
In Your Dreams, Australian Centre for Photography, UNSW Galleries, Sydney Festival, Sydney, Austalia 

The Pacific, Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 
Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand 
The Rubies, Main Gallery, ANU School of Art and Design, Canberra, Australia 
Limitless Horizon: Vertical Perspective, Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia 
Prec (ar) ious Collectives, Palais de Tokyo, Paris France and Pavilion Neuflize OBC, Greece 
Soils and stones, Souls and Songs, Para Site, Hong Kong, China 
Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 
The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 
Impact, UTS Gallery, Sydney, Austrlia 
The extractive frontier: mining for art, Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria, Australia 
Another Day in Paradise, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia 

Precarious Nature, The Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand 
No. 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia 
Soils and stones, Souls and Songs, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines 
Impact, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Cairns, Australia 
AICHI Triennial, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan 
Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything Else, Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia 
Art of the Pacific, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 
You are invited, Watters Gallery of Victoria, Sydney, Australia 

The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 8), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia 
Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia 
Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboulture, Australia 
New Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 
2022 – What can museum anthropology do in the 21st century?  Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich, Germany

2021 – Museum of Brisbane, Artist in Residence program supported by Tim Fairfax AC, Australia

2020 – The Schmidt Ocean Institute Artist- At -Sea residency, Research vessel Falkor, Great Barrier Reef, Australia 

2019 – Artspace, Sydney in partnership with Dhaka Arts Summit 2019 – 2020  

2018  – International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NYC 

2017  – Pavillon Neuflize OBC residency, Palais de Tokyo, Paris 
2017  – Something you should know seminar designed and organized by Patricia Falguières, Elisabeth Lebovici and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez and supported by the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte 

2016  – Artist lecture, School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Manila, Philippines 

2014  – Practicing Resistance Symposium, presented by Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) in partnership with Curtin University’s School of Design and Art (SoDA), Australia 
2014  – Engaging Communities, Symposium of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Australia  

2013  – Addressing the Archive, Symposium of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Australia 
2013  – Guest lecturer, Photography Studies, School of Creative Arts, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia 

2004  – Shared History: Stories from the Pacific Collection, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia 
2020 – National Association Visual Arts  
2020 – Create NSW  
2019 – Australia Council for the Arts (Dhaka Arts Summit)  
2019 – Gordon Darling Foundation (Artspace Sydney in partnership with Dhaka Arts Summit) 
2018 – Australia Council for the Arts (Asia Pacific Triennial APT9: production of Habitat, 2018)  
2018 – Edwards Trust ISCP residency and grant award for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, NYC 
2018 – Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, American Australian Association, USA residency  
2018 – Create NSW (Quick response grant: International Studio & Curatorial Residency Program, USA)   
2017 – National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA: grant for new work)  
2016 – Veolia Acquisitive Award (Primavera, MCA) 
2008 – Shortlisted for The International Rolex Philanthropic Young Laureates Grants Scheme 
2008 – Community Prophets Award for environmental advocacy film An Uncertain Future, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 
2004 – Acquisitive Graduate Award, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University 


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 
KADIST, San Francisco, CA, USA 
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Australia 
Research School of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 
Sharjah Art Museum, Al Shuwaiheen, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 
TBA21–Academy, Ocean Space Venice, Italy 
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 
The Macquarie Group Collection, Sydney, Australia 
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 
Veolia Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, Australia 

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