Pacific Wash Up (2003-2004)

Single-channel video, sound. 5’ 47”. Courtesy: the artists and Bartley and Company Art Performers: Fez Fa’anana, Brian Fuata, Seina & Latai Taumoepeau, Roslyn & Atawhai Whareaitu and Bernadette Awatere. Video camera and post-production: Rachael Rakena.

In Pacific Wash Up Maori and Pacific people make landfall on the shore of Sydney’s upscale Bondi beach – human flotsam transported by the ocean currents in plaid, plastic carry bags. The floating performers in Pacific Wash Up playfully represent what is almost a rite of passage for many young islanders: their commonplace migration to Australia, where they have to learn a new language and new culture. Greeted by quizzical looks from unsuspecting joggers and beach-walkers, however, their arrival also conjures a history of cultural alienation, dislocation and displacement often experienced by immigrants. For 26,000 Maori and 43,000 Pacific Islanders living in Sydney alone, the future lies in the balance.


(New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia)

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