Fresh Gallery Otara’s stall at the annual ASB Polyfest, the Auckland Secondary Schools Māori and Pacific Islands Cultural Festival in South Auckland, was an opportunity to talk about Ngā Hau E Whā – The Four Winds with young Pacific and Māori audiences.
On the last day of the event, Saturday 19 March, we made a one-day sculpture with visiting artists and young people out of newspaper and tape. The form was a larger-than-life woman’s body which became known as ‘the big lady’ by people who visited the stall throughout the day. With an open invitation for anyone to help out, conversations around the making of the lady spanned from body image to boyfriends, Harry Potter to hairstyles, being skinny, being fat, clothes, cake, cancer and community. It was a good conversation project and a good way to discuss the issues in the exhibition.
We started with a thigh…
And with two very eager helpers we had a leg and a half by mid-morning.
We had visitors throughout the day including visual artist, Janet Lilo and film maker Lani Walker…
Samoan visual artists, Genevieve Pini and Anita Jacobsen…
And Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni, New Zealand’s first MP of Tongan descent.
With the help of many hands, the collaborative ‘big lady’ was completed.
The planned public programme event, the Body, Community, Future panel discussion due to take place this Saturday 19 March has been postponed.
The event will be rescheduled for early April.
On Monday 14 March, we presented a panel discussion entitled, “The Taboo Body” as part of the Auckland Arts Festival ‘In Conversation’ series. Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai facilitated dialogue between artwork model/participant, Luisa Lefao-Setoga, artist Leilani Kake and curator, Ema Tavola. It was generally well-attended and great to hear from a range of perspectives. Thank you to everyone who came to support!
Fresh Gallery Otara participated in the Auckland regional ‘White Night’ celebrations for the Auckland Arts Festival. Open late, audiences enjoyed a line-up of local musicians and poetry in the Gallery’s courtyard.
The beautiful Koia Tomlinson
FMC VXN and Ace
The opening of Ngā Hau E Whā – The Four Winds took place on Thursday 3 March.
Leilani Kake with Cook Island curator, Jim Vivieaere
Ariane Craig-Smith and Gabrielle Amodeo, Auckland Arts Festival
Douglas Bagnall and Nicole Lim (Fresh Gallery Otara)
Leilani Unasa, Devid and Naomi Singer
Speeches from Ema Tavola (Curator) and Leilani Kake.
Tautai Trust 2011 Artist in Residence, Selwyn Palmer Teho and Daren Kamali
Norman Edgerton, Ema Tavola, Douglas Bagnall and Leilani Kake
Tracey Williams and Steve Lovett
Leisa Siteine and Ema Tavola
Luisa Tora and friend
Luisa Lefao-Setoga, Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai and friend
Julie McCormick, Tanu Gago and Rebecca Hobbs
Claire Mockridge, Dei Hamo and FMC VXN