I am a writer, artist and the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations.
I was born in Suva, Fiji. I had a dreamy tropical childhood in the archipelago. It was a world where the living and the dead, dreams and reality were entwined. I then moved to Aotearoa New Zealand, with my family. I have now planted myself in Melbourne, Australia, on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people. My love for these lands and waters is euphoric and eternal.
I come from a line of a relatively unknown group of peoples. I am a descendent of the girmityas, Indians who were indentured on sugar colonies in Fiji between 1879-1916. There are only a few hundred thousand Indo-Fijians in the world, so we rarely see our faces and stories represented. Representation means everything to me. It is key in de-centralizing certain stories and validating, inviting and valuing voices from the margins. There is no single narrative.
Those who have shaped me most are the people who have literally given me shape – my eyes, lips, cheeks, hands, my imagination and my curiosity for life – all these shapes and nuances belong to my mother and father. My hair and bones are full of stories from all those who came before me. No part of me is original. Only my memories are my own.