Katerina Teaiwa: Project Banaba

The untold mining history in Banaba Ocean Island

Project Banaba by Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa is a traveling multimedia installation that commemorates the history of Banaba, also known as Ocean Island in the Moana Pacific. Banaba Island was destroyed by environmentally devastating phosphate mining during the 20th century, leading to the total relocation of its people in 1945, with the 76th anniversary of their displacement being marked on 15 December 2021 during Te Uru's exhibition season. Project Banaba explores the untold New Zealand phosphate mining history in Banaba Island; and the resilience of the Banaban community in the face of social and political adversity through the Te Kaneati – a community-led exhibition that highlights the experience of Auckland's thriving Banaban community. Project Banaba and Te Kaneati is co-curated by Te Uru, Auckland Banaban Christian Fellowship Support Hub and Yuki Kihara in close consultation with Katerina Teaiwa. Te Kaneati is supported by CNZ & Corbans Pacifika Arts Center. 

26 February – 29 May 2022