Recording the medicinal plants of Siwai, Bougainville

EXHIBITION

Recording the medicinal plants of Siwai, Bougainville

26 September 2018 - 17 November 2018

This photographic series documents medicinal plants from the Siwai region on Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea) at a time of significant change in its cultural and political landscape. It considers new photographic modes for sensitively engaging with deep and living histories, by aligning analogue and digital characteristics found within the image and local knowledge systems.

Lumen prints are created on location in a cameraless method, through a reaction between environmental elements such as sunlight and plant extractions and light-sensitive paper, resulting in a residual imprint of the plant's chemical properties. The lumen prints, in their latent state, journeyed to Australia for a digital “fixing” process and are translated into data through the scanography process.

The series acknowledges the communities’ (urgent) desire for equilibrium between traditional and new knowledge systems, to allow both to thrive in an increasingly global society.


EXHIBITED ARTISTS

Kate Robertson

EXHIBITED WORK

PAAH (hojori ma ipatiro impa sirikung/use after walking on faeces)
PAAH (hojori ma ipatiro impa sirikung/use after walking on faeces)
Kate Robertson
RIRIKO POWOI (mung pokong siho komikotawarekoring/for gum disease)
RIRIKO POWOI (mung pokong siho komikotawarekoring/for gum disease)
Kate Robertson
RUNGIWO (kikitaah sihotawareikoring/to relieve itchy sores)
RUNGIWO (kikitaah sihotawareikoring/to relieve itchy sores)
Kate Robertson
IRIHIH (tu newakong ho iri siho tohe/drink after a pregnancy to sustain blood system)
IRIHIH (tu newakong ho iri siho tohe/drink after a pregnancy to sustain blood system)
Kate Robertson
TAMA (ho hi itakaiwah mosiika siho tawarei/for painful urination)
TAMA (ho hi itakaiwah mosiika siho tawarei/for painful urination)
Kate Robertson
TUUNG (puri mosiikah/strong headache)
TUUNG (puri mosiikah/strong headache)
Kate Robertson
HONDO (iri poto pokong/diarrhoea with blood)
HONDO (iri poto pokong/diarrhoea with blood)
Kate Robertson
MANAKE (kipu mosiihka pokong/for a stomach ache)
MANAKE (kipu mosiihka pokong/for a stomach ache)
Kate Robertson
PORAKA (poo’ki kungnawa’ah siho tawareikoing/for when a baby is vomiting)
PORAKA (poo’ki kungnawa’ah siho tawareikoing/for when a baby is vomiting)
Kate Robertson
NAAI (poriyau tawareikoring/skin fungus)
NAAI (poriyau tawareikoring/skin fungus)
Kate Robertson
MOI (kevi mosiihka/toothache)
MOI (kevi mosiihka/toothache)
Kate Robertson
URAIWO PANGO (hini ukuki mongtah kuraho tawareikoring/used during crisis to heal deep wounds)
URAIWO PANGO (hini ukuki mongtah kuraho tawareikoring/used during crisis to heal deep wounds)
Kate Robertson
SUROSAI (kipu tapagareikoring/to clean out intestine tract)
SUROSAI (kipu tapagareikoring/to clean out intestine tract)
Kate Robertson
SIGARATA (kang koring peu ahkarei koring/for white spots on skin, dandruff and nappy rash)
SIGARATA (kang koring peu ahkarei koring/for white spots on skin, dandruff and nappy rash)
Kate Robertson