presented by:
Quishile Charan

Quishile Charan is an emerging artist living and working in Aotearoa, New Zealand of Indo-Fijian heritage. Charan uses traditional modes of textile making to reflect upon the landscape of Indentured Labour and the on-going neo-colonial affects on the Indo-Fijian community. Wood-carved flora and fauna stamped onto naturally dyed cotton cloth serves as a tool to re-write and restore ownership of Indo-Fijian history. Knowledge is kept and stored with each length of fabric created, both a form of visually-expressed oral storytelling and an offering to the girmitiyas, the ancestors of Indenture. Recent projects include To Uphold Your Name (with Salome Tanuvasa), Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland (2018); Your Woman is a Very Bad Woman, Firstdraft gallery, Sydney (2018), The Tomorrow People (group), Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2017), Namesake (with Salome Tanuvasa) Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, 2017. Charan has a BFA (Hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland and is currently completing a Masters of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).