Category Archives: Youth

Body Talk at ASB Polyfest

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.