Homo Novus


RELAY LECTURE – From the Global South

Latai Taumoepeau (Kingdom of Tonga / Australia)
03.09. 20:00, Festival centre | Free entry

Latai Taumoepeau is an Australian artist. Her body of work spans more than a decade of presenting cathartic works about the impact and injustice of climate change on low lying islands of the Pacific Ocean.
Latai means reminisce and Tau-moe-peau means Battle-With-Waves. Her names are from her ancestors from the Island Kingdom of Tonga. Through her work, Latai has been mourning the eventual loss of her ancestral islands. She centered her indigenous concepts of faiva (performance) and fonua (land/body) in her contemporary work to raise awareness and empathy for front line coastal communities.
Latai is fully evolving her art practice into a deeper relationship of body and land advocacy through mitigation and adaptation; expanding her cultural performance practice to that of her ancestors for the next ten years. She will grow a tropical fruit forest and perform celestial navigation on the seas as forms of body-centered knowledge practice where the past and future are one. She brings a strong message of sustainability from the global south.

“We sweat and cry saltwater, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood” TERESIA TEAIWA

Mobile stairclimber. Visual performance.

About artist

Latai Taumoepeau (AU/TO) makes live-art-work. Her faivā (body-centred practice) is from her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace Sydney, land of the Gadigal people. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of learning, beginning with her village, a suburban church hall, the club and a university. Her faivā (performing art) centres Tongan philosophies of relational vā (space) and tā (time); cross-pollinating ancient and everyday temporal practice to make visible the impact of climate crisis in the Pacific. She conducts urgent environmental movements and actions to assist transformation in Oceania.


Artist: Latai Taumoepeau

Implemented as part of ACT: Art, Climate, Transition project, supported by EU programme Creative Europe.




Opening night performance

Free entry


20 min

Festival centre

Kaļku iela 24, Rīga

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