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Lomiga Lua: i Luga ‘o le Moana (Issue Two: Over the Ocean)

Leitu Bonnici

Lomiga Lua: i Luga ‘o le Moana (Issue Two: Over the Ocean) is a moving image work that uses language and imagery to ponder distance, memory and connection in relation to Samoan language and culture. 

A continuation of an ongoing project, ‘Afa’afakasi, this chapter is a representation of the link that exists between ‘āiga (family) across geographies despite physical distance from each other, and from Samoa. The work features digitally constructed interpretations of the ocean that incorporate text formed through familial connection, memory and shared interactions by ‘āiga in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), on Komburmerri Country (Gold Coast) and in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton). The artificial backgrounds were created in Naarm using a mixture of illustration, code, three dimensional digital modelling and reconstructed footage taken in Samoa.

Featuring contributions by Tacy Fatu, Moira Roberts, Denise Roberts and Adrian Tuitama.

About the Artist:
Leitu Bonnici is a graphic designer, filmmaker and artist based in Naarm. She runs Le Phem Era, an experimental, multi-disciplinary practice that seeks to critically examine ephemera through alternative methods of archive and publication. Research is conducted through creative analysis, datafication, disruption, re-assemblage and speculation using democratic modes of production.

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