Project Banaba

Yuki Kihara And Katerina Teaiwa

Art Exhibition previously on at Carriageworks in New South Wales, Australia. Published by Carriageworks on Wednesday 30 November 2016. Friday 17 November 2017 to Sunday 17 December 2017.

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From 1900 to 1980 a phosphate company, British Phosphate Commissioners, owned by Australia, New Zealand and Britain mined the island of Banaba in what is now the Republic of Kiribati.

The phosphate was manufactured into superphosphate fertiliser and applied to farms across Australia. As a result, the island was rendered uninhabitable and the Banabans were relocated to the island of Rabi in Fiji. Yuki Kihara (Samoa/NZ) and Katerina Teaiwa (Banaba/FJ/AUS) bring together rare historical archives and new work that sheds light on this little known Australian history and its ongoing impact on Pacific communities.