Maybe this is letting go  

Talia Smith

10 DECEMBER 2021 —
9 APRIL 2022



This work is located in the open carpark outside Incinerator Gallery and is viewable outside of opening hours

Maybe this is letting go is a photographic billboard installation by Talia Smith that explores the emotional connection to familial histories and ancestral homelands when you are physically removed.

The term, vā, is a Sāmoan term that can be loosely translated to describe a space in between where past, present and future coexist to facilitate both personal and collective wellbeing. Smith's research and practice uses their own personal lived experience to investigate this space and to position that those from the pacific diaspora can use the vā to reflect on their identities outside of western constructs.

The project is an attempt at visually exploring this notion of the vā through still life, archival and landscape photography that have been taken from her birth country, ancestral homelands and the unceeded lands she now lives on. With pacific or moana peoples being so global how can one maintain their connection to their cultural histories?

Presented by Incinerator Gallery and Hyphenated Projects

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