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Taloi Havini surveying Museum of Brisbane Collection 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

Artist in Residence: Taloi Havini

Taloi Havini examines the Museum of Brisbane Collection in what she has titled an ‘artist intervention’.

Commencing onsite at the Museum, Taloi’s residency interrogates significant artworks and objects within the Collection to inform new perspectives and interpretation.

Her work is often a personal response to the politics of location, exploring contested sites and histories connected within Oceania. Taloi works with photography, sculpture, immersive video and mixed-media installations.

Taloi will work within the MoB Collection as well as onsite in the Museum. Her residency will provide the MoB team with a renewed methodology and reinterpretation of our Collection.

MoB’s Artist in Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

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About Taloi Havini

Born in Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Taloi Havini currently lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. Working with living contemporary practitioners, she is actively involved in community projects in Bougainville and Australia that engage with the ongoing importance and richness of women’s creativity, such as the Women’s Wealth project.

Taloi’s artwork is held in public and private collections including the Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, KADIST, San Francisco, CA, USA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University and has exhibited with Artspace, Sydney, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE, 3rd Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, 8th & 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Queensland Art Gallery | GoMA, Brisbane, and was recently commissioned by TBA21–Academy with Schmidt Ocean Institute at Ocean Space, Campo S. Lorenzo, Venezia for her solo at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2021.

Taloi Havini surveying Museum of Brisbane Collection 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

Read more about Taloi Havini

To find out more about Taloi’s work with Museum of Brisbane Collection, read her interview with Tim Riley Walsh in SUNNIE Magazine Issue #2.


Taloi Havini, Useful Arts, 2018, installation view, artist’s collection of Kastom objects, installation dimensions variable, courtesy the Artist and This Brittle Light: Light Source commissions 2020-21, Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne, 2021. Photos: Christian Capurro, courtesy Buxton Contemporary. © Taloi Havini/Copyright Agency, 2021.

Taloi Havini, Habitat, 2018-19, installation view, Reclamation, 2020, Artspace, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley, courtesy the Artist. © Taloi Havini/Copyright Agency, 2021.