veiqia.com is the veiqia (Fijian female tattoo) online resource developed by visual artists and researchers of iTaukei (indigenous Fijian) heritage, Dulcie Stewart and Luisa Tora.
The website will collate, share and examine research sourced from archives, libraries and museums and iTaukei oral history. It will act as a conduit and repository for indigenous veiqia research driven by personal, creative, and relational connections.
veiqia.com is an opportunity for iTaukei communities to engage with historical and ethnographical records about veiqia and to regenerate cultural conversations about the practice amongst ourselves.
The Veiqia Project
Dulcie and Luisa recently participated in The Veiqia Project, a creative research project inspired by Fijian tattoo. The exhibition curated by Ema Tavola (Kadavu, Fiji/New Zealand) and Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo (Kadavu, Fiji/New Zealand), also featured Joana Monolagi (Serua, Fiji/New Zealand), Margaret Aull (Fiji/New Zealand), and Donita Hulme (Navoha, Fiji/Australia).
The project involved an online research forum and time spent with Fijian collections in Fiji and New Zealand museums. The exhibition took place at ST PAUL St Gallery at Auckland University of Technology in March 2016 for the Auckland Arts Festival and coincided with the Pacific Arts Association XII International Symposium.