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Neo-colonial Extracts, 2010 (video still)

Neo-colonial Extracts, 2010 (video still)

Alluding to the potential pit-falls of the commercial tourist industry and foreign investment for the Pacific, Tiatia’s haunting video work lingers over details of the failed Sheraton Resort in Vaimaanga, Rarotonga. Tiatia brings the current reality of the abandoned resort into slow focus, depicting incomplete luxury chalets overcome by vegetation, derelict concrete shells on an island paradise.

As a solemn memorial to the Cook Island’s tourism industry, Tiatia’s Neo-colonial Extracts also reflects the consequences of globalisation on a developing island nation. Accompanying the video are pieces of framed ephemera found abandoned on site which provide glimpses into the financial back-story, including purchase agreements, bank statements and architectural plans.


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