Taloi Havini

Exhibition, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.


From June 14, 2017 until September 10, 2017
Inspired by the shell money still used during some ceremonies and rituals in Papua New Guinea, the installation Beroana (shell money), 2015, is made up of handmade rings of stoneware, earthenware and porcelain, threaded along a steel cable suspended from the ceiling. The spiral form of the installation evokes the terraces of an open-cast mine, but also the way that this shell money, when not carried on the body, is suspended as though to sculpt the space around it. As a form of relic of an economic system which has been replaced by another, this work alludes to the island’s colonial history, its recent conflicts and the exploitation of its inhabitants and ressources.