‘Stopover’ was published by Victoria University Press, Wellington, New Zealand, and co-published by University of Hawai’i Press, Hawai’i, USA, and launched with grace and sustenance amongst the cane cutters and their families, and in the shade of a giant mango tree, by Bruce Connew, Catherine Griffiths, Brij Lal, Padma Lal, Jogindhar Singh Kanwal and Amarjit Kaur in Vatiyaka, Fiji, 2pm, Saturday, 25 August, 2007.
“Connew’s work combines haunting images with a text that is poetic, elegant, and moving in its clarity. There is a power and persuasion to his work that even the most scholarly and responsible analyses cannot match.” Professor David Hanlon, Director, Centre for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i.
A new project and forthcoming book.
“In the first instance, ‘Body of Work’ is about the orchestrated process of horse breeding. But, as I wriggled through the months of scrutiny, in the midst of fluids, the snorting, the rawness of procreation, I gradually became aware of an idiosyncrasy in the temperament of the mares being served. I warmed to my task through the breeding season, specifically because I came to recognise, little by little, in one mare after another, an unforeseen faculty for reflection, each mare subtly relaying to those about them, an almost transcendent appreciation of their peculiar predicament.”
BRUCE CONNEW / 01.2015