Page Blackie Gallery is delighted to announce we will be representing Jasmine Togo-Brisby. Jasmine is a fourth-generation Australian South Sea Islander, whose great-great-grandparents were taken from Vanuatu as children and put to work on an Australian sugarcane plantation. Jasmine’s research examines the historical practice of ‘blackbirding’ – a romanticised colloquialism for the Pacific slave trade – and its contemporary legacy and impact upon those who trace their roots to New Zealand and Australia through the slave-diaspora. Based in Wellington, Jasmine is one of the few artists delving into the cultural memory and shared histories of plantation colonisation across the Pacific. Her multi-disciplinary practice encompasses painting, early photographic techniques and processes, and sculptural installation.
You can learn more about Jasmine and her work on her artist page here. And for those based in Auckland, you can see Jasmine’s work included in the current exhibition Wantok exhibition at Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.