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Jasmine Togo-Brisby

Jasmine Togo-Brisby (b.1982) delves into the cultural memory and shared histories of plantation colonisation across the Pacific, with her practice encompassing painting, early photographic techniques and processes, and sculpture.

Togo-Brisby 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. Togo-Brisby’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. Her portraiture images regularly span three generations, with mother, daughter and grand-daughter all appearing against archival images or posed with colonial props or objects.

She has a Fine Arts degree from Massey University, Wellington and Griffith University, Brisbane. Togo-Brisby has exhibited widely throughout Australia and New Zealand. Her work is held by several public collections including Auckland Art Gallery and Wellington City Council. She is the recipient of the Tautai | Otago Polytechnic 2019 Dunedin School of Art – Artist in Residence, and will spend twelve weeks researching the Don Juan, an ex-slave ship whose wreckage lies just beneath the surface of the water in Deborah Bay, Port Chalmers.