By facing the past, we back into the future.
Latai Taumoepeau cross-pollinates ancient practices of ceremony with contemporary body-centred art. In her new video work War Dance of the Final Frontier, a collective body combats a climate centurion monster who has come from the depths of Oceania. Can they conjure their elemental power to disable it and its kin with an ancient war dance?
The South Pacific Ocean is currently the world’s laboratory for experimental deep sea mining. The Bismarck Sea in Papua New Guinea has been marked out as the testing ground for this unprecedented technology, licensed to Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals.
Pacific communities and nations are on the frontline of climate change – its effects and its resistance. War Dance of the Final Frontier powerfully and poetically evokes this post-colonial resistance to an underwater threat, tentacular histories in tow.
Latai Taumoepeau with Lonelyspeck