Torika Bolatagici was born in Tasmania and spent the early years of her life living between Hobart, Sydney and her father’s village – Suvavou, Fiji.
Her interdisciplinary practice investigates the relationships between visual culture, human ecology and contemporary Pacific identities. Torika works across a range of media, including photography, video and mixed-media installation and her work has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Aotearoa New Zealand, Indonesia and Australia. Torika has published and presented at local and international conferences about the representation of mixed-race identity; Pacific arts practice in Australia and Fiji; representations of teachers and teaching in cinema; Australian female hip-hop crews and most recently gender and militarism in the Pacific.
As the Symposium and Publication coordinator for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival in 2013 and 2014 she was responsible for curating the CPAF Symposium and editing the related publication, Mana Motu.
As well as 11 years experience teaching at tertiary level, Torika also has experience facilitating youth arts workshops for the local Pacific community. Including the Pasifik Young Artists project (by Léuli Eshraghi, 2013) and more recently the Patterns and Portraiture project at SIGNAL youth arts (by Salote Tawale, 2014).
Torika also presents the Community Reading Room - a pop-up destination for research, community discussion and engagement around international visual arts and culture, with a particular focus on contemporary art and theory from Oceania, Africa and the Americas. The Community Reading Room has appeared at Colour Box Studio (2013) and the Footscray Community Arts Centre (2014), Testing Grounds (2017) and Arts House (2017).
Torika is a photography lecturer and Course Director of the Photography Degree in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. She has a PhD from the School of Art Design, University of New South Wales.