Supported by the Pacific Business Trust, Manukau City Council, Kim Crawford Wines and Otara Four Square, BUY SPEND SAVE NOW is an artistic collaboration between Shigeyuki Kihara, Leilani Salesa and Ema Tavola.
TransPlantation (2007) – Trolley, taro plant, rubbish from the Otara Shopping Centre
Sefa Enari being interviewed by Richard Pamatatau for Arts on Sunday, Radio New Zealand (aired Sunday 25 March 2007, can be listened to at http://www.radionz.co.nz/nr/programmes/artsonsunday
Recycling damaged shopping trollies from the local supermarket, the exhibition references themes of capitalism and mobility, resourcefulness and recycling. As part of five sculptural installations in the gallery, the artists express their point of view on globalisation, wealth and poverty from a uniquely New Zealand Pacific perspective. The artwork addresses current issues faced by many Pacific communities including: nationhood and neo-nationhood; gang and youth culture; religion and its social impacts; perceptions of beauty and femininity and the lures and traps of gambling.
BUY SPEND SAVE NOW is a thought-provoking, plastic fantastic, visual melee of objects and ideas from our everyday lives, re-contextualised to question our space and place in urban New Zealand as Pacific People.
BUY SPEND SAVE NOW | Fresh Gallery Otara
22 March – 14 April, 2007