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Sami and the Panguna Mine 1
2009; printed 2015
from the Blood generation series 2009

colour inkjet print
84.0 × 120.0 cm (image) 101.0 × 141.0 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Panguna, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Oceanic Photography / Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2015
© Taloi Havini and Stuart Miller
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The photograph of Sami and the Panguna Mine is a magical and mystical image that is shadowed by a dark and painful past, as the heart of the Bougainville war makes its presence felt through the rusted heavy equipment left behind when Panguna Mine closed in 1990. An old and rusted giant shovel dwarfs Sami as she revisits a contested matrilineal land where the mine once stood. A pool of aquamarine coloured water running down to the bottom of the pit is the copper sulphate solution (CuSO4), a result of the leaching process actively happening today.