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Salote Tawale

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Salote Tawale is an artist based in Sydney. Through performances of the self, Tawale explores the identity of the individual in collective systems, society and communities. Projects draw upon personal experiences of race, ethnicity and gender, growing up in suburban Australia. Tawale often uses her own body to examine her Pacific Australian heritage and Diasporic Indigeneity via photomedia, drawing, installation and live performance.

Having exhibited widely within Australia and internationally: including the Wellington Art Centre (NZ), Indonesian Contemporary Art Network Yogyakarta (IE), and Oxford Modern (UK), Tawale also undertook a self-devised tour of American video archives (Chicago and NYC), funded by the Australia Council, and has been included in national and international publications including, Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations edited by Anthony Gardner; Art in Australia; Realtime; Art Monthly, Artlink and Canadian Art Magazine.

Tawale is the recipient of the inaugural 2017 Arts NSW Fellowship, and has recently completed a five-week residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada made possible through the support of the Sainsbury Sculpture prize and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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