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Between Wind and Water: South Auckland to Welli!
By Ema Tavola
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Between Wind And Water: South Auckland To Welli!
Project 2014-11-24 16:50:12 +1300
We are a group of South Auckland-based Pacific artists wanting to share, network and discuss our work and ideas about Pacific art in Wellington in the two weeks surrounding the annual Positively Pasifika Festival in mid-January!
We have been offered a Summer Residency at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, and a Creative New Zealand grant was secured to fund new work to be made for this special opportunity. We'll travel down and be in and around the Gallery from 10-24 January doing talks, facilitating making activities and meeting, talking and sharing with anyone and everyone who has an interest in contemporary Pacific art making and all the sticky issues that come with it!
Timed to coincide with Wellington's annual Pasifika festival and curated by Ema Tavola, Between Wind and Water is an exhibition project that seeks to bring new and diverse audiences into the Gallery to experience and respond to contemporary Pacific art.
The artists' works respond to ideas around prison narratives and stereotypes of criminality, music and migration, origin stories and animal totems. Curating Pacific art and curating for Pacific audiences, identity creation and slippery cliches, archive building and recording Pacific histories will be discussed in a rich public programme including evening talks and daytime making sessions designed for audiences of all ages.
Our project was funded by Creative New Zealand to value of about 70% of our projected budget, so we're aiming to raise a relatively small additional fund to deliver the project to its full potential. We will be travelling from Auckland to Wellington and staying for the full two weeks, a mission that'll prove hugely rewarding for all involved. We're needing to support costs associated with accommodation, hosting and transport - keeping our team fed, watered, sheltered and mobile!
We have a range of arty rewards made especially for this campaign... great small works, T-shirts and publications, and shout-outs in all our media and social media promo. Hit Ema up on Twitter @ColourMeFiji or Facebook with questions and enquiries - we're grateful for every share, click and donation - vinaka vakalevu from #TeamBWAW!
The Team: TeamBWAW!
Tanu Gago was born in Samoa and raised in Manukau City. He draws on his unique perspective and life in South Auckland to make art that directly engages with urban social issues including the fluid nature of ethnic and gender identities. Gago held his first solo exhibition, YOU LOVE MY FRESH at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in 2010 and went on to show his first photographic series, Jerry the Fa’afafine (In The Manner of a Samoan Man)at City Gallery Wellington in 2011. His follow-up series, Avanoa O Tama was developed for a solo exhibition at Fresh Gallery Otara and went on to be shown as part of Home AKL at Auckland Art Gallery in 2012.
This year, Gago has received the Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission and held a further solo entitled, Tama’ita’i Pasifika Mao’i in central Auckland in June. He holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Directing for Film & Television.
Leilani Kake is a practicing video installation artist and educator who has exhibited broadly throughout New Zealand at venues including Auckland Art Gallery, ARTSPACE, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Mangere Arts Centre, City Gallery Wellington, Corban Estate Arts Centre, MIC Toi Rerehiko, and Fresh Gallery Otara. She has also featured in exhibitions in Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Taiwan and the United States. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Auckland, teaches in the secondary and tertiary sectors and is based in Otara, South Auckland where she currently works as a Gallery Coordinator for Papakura Art Gallery.
Luisa Tora is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, published writer and new graduate from the Bachelor of Creative Arts degree programme at Manukau Institute of Technology. She has work in public and private collections including a recent acquisition by Te Papa Tongarewa. This year, Luisa curated the first poster exhibition celebrating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in South Auckland; it featured 14 artists and showed at Fresh Gallery Otara during the month of May. Prior to this, she was instrumental in the development of Vasu: Pacific Women of Power, the first exhibition of women artists at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Luisa migrated to from Suva to Auckland in 2009; she holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in history, politics and journalism.
Originally from Suva, Fiji, Ema Tavola has lived and worked within the creative sector in South Auckland, New Zealand since 2002. Her undergraduate studies led her towards a research pathway investigating curating as a mechanism for social inclusion and the activation of contemporary Pacific art by Pacific audiences. From 2006-2012, she held the role of Pacific Arts Coordinator for Manukau City Council (later Auckland Council), where she established and managed Fresh Gallery Otara producing over 60 exhibitions, three annual Pacific Arts Summits and co-editing two editions of SOUTH publication. Ema has worked in an advisory capacity for numerous organisations, most notably as the Fijian Representative on the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand from 2007-2011.
In 2012, Ema was the first curator awarded the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Award for Contemporary Art, the same year she contributed to the curatorial vision for Home AKL, the first major survey show of Pacific artists at Auckland Art Gallery. In 2013, she completed a Master of Arts Management degree at AUT University and started teaching a paper entitled, Pacific Art Histories: An Eccentric View at Manukau Institute of Technology in South Auckland. In a freelance capacity, she lectures frequently on curating Pacific art, audience engagement and social inclusion and delivered a paper entitled, Pacific Art for Pacific Audiences: Grassroots Curating in South Auckland at the 2013 Pacific Arts Association International Symposium at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Under the umbrella of PIMPI (Pacific Island Management, Production and Ideas), Ema also undertakes consultancy work in project and event management, social media strategy, blog development and community arts advocacy.
A surge of support - many, many thanks!
20/12/2014 at 8:08 AM
A surge in pledges has given us fresh hope this week - thank you everyone who has tweeted, FB'd, shared, liked and given us kind endorsements - all is much appreciated!
Our full programme for the Residency is now available here: http://pimpiknows.com/curatorial/between-wind-and-water/
It's getting closer and closer and we're all getting really excited!
You can read about Leilani Kake's new work which has just been made using lenticular printing here: http://pimpiknows.com/2014/12/16/male-maori-or-polynesian-leilani-kakes-new-work-for-betweenwindandwater/
Artist Luisa Tora's new work has inspired a panel discussion dedicated to Fijian identity and totemic structures and sharks! Check out more details here: http://pimpiknows.com/2014/12/18/naqalotu-na-qalo-tu/
And this event on Curating Pacific Art promises to bring the heat!! All welcome: http://pimpiknows.com/2014/12/12/pacific-vs-art/
As Wellington CBD accommodation for four people over two weeks was beyond our budget, we're all staying with Ema's cousin in Paekakariki for the duration of the Residency. It's beautiful and we're Aucklanders, so used to longish transit times, but the funding that we're hoping to crowdfund will enable us to rent a car, rather than catch public transport, giving us more time to invest in the project and less time to sleep on trains!
Over the Christmas period, we're all contributing to a series of hand-made garlands [lei] for the excellent speakers and contributors to the Between Wind and Water project... they're made from recycled art projects, and love :)
So - thank you all for your interest and support. Remember, if you're in Wellington and around from 10-24 January, we'd love to meet you! Enjoy Public Art Gallery is closed Sunday-Monday but from Tuesday-Friday open from 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 11am - 4pm. We have six events over the two weeks, most of which are taking place from 5.30pm - so please do consider coming to share a lazy summer evening with us talking about Pacific art and the Ocean!
Many, many thanks!
Tanu Gago's 2010 photograph, "Leo" is up for grabs!
02/12/2014 at 11:42 PM
This image, entitled "Leo", was shot in collaboration with Vinesh Kumaran as part of Tanu Gago's 2010 series, "Jerry the Fa'afafine" first shown at City Gallery Wellington. This image was purchased by Auckland Art Gallery after featuring in the Pacific survey show, "Home AKL" in 2012. Tanu has five signed small scale prints of "Leo" up for grabs - get in quick, strictly limited!
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"You are all amazing and we wish we could support more of your work. Vaka nuinui vinaka ni sigani sucu mai vei Yosh kei Talei xo"