Te Whare Hēra is very excited to welcome our first resident artist of 2022, Quishile Charan.
Quishile Charan is an Indo-Fijian textile maker, researcher and writer living and working in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Charan’s practice focuses on sustaining the shared cultural practices of craft, a knowledge system inherited through being her Aaji’s (paternal grandmother) namesake. As a woman and descendent of Girmit (indentured labour), Charan undertakes her responsibility to build anti-colonial narratives for Girmitiya women. Charan’s practice looks at the multifarious forms of women’s resistance against colonialism and patriarchy threaded throughout Fiji’s history. Through revaluing women’s work, such as craft, which is often not considered “real labour” or a means to orate history, Charan explores how craft functions as contemporary forms of resistance to colonialism. Charan upholds the values and significance of craft as a language, identity and hope through the intergenerational love shared between the artist and the women in her life.