Pacific Arts talanoa on ‘In The Loop’, Radio Australia

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‘Comparing Pacific Art accross the Tasman’ – Interview with Ema Tavola
(Aired Monday 26 November 2007)

‘Black body and war through the lens’ – Interview with Australian Fijian photographer, Torika Bolatagici about her current exhibition, Kurunavanua at Collingwood Gallery, Smith Street, Melbourne (Aired Thursday 22 November 2007)

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“Ariki” (2007) by Leilani Kake

“Who is this man child in my arms? He is my ancient Tangaroa, waiting in the sea of Te Kore for the separation of Rangi and Papa, to emerge and stand strong in his whakapapa.” – Leilani Kake

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Still from “Ariki” (2007) video installation by Leilani Kake

Cook Island / Maori video installation artist Leilani Kake is showing her current work, Ariki (2007) at Fresh Gallery Otara until Saturday 24 November. The artist will be at the Gallery on the last two days of the exhibition to speak to audiences about her poignant new work.

Ariki honours the Cook Island hair cutting ritual and the social processes that surround it regarding family, extended family and community; it is a ceremony that represents the transition from child to manhood.

This moving video installation, an audio visual experience, has been incredibly well-received at Fresh Gallery Otara. It is intercultural and intergenerational; a new powerful visual language rooted in an important and familiar cultural process, completely at home in Otara, Manukau City, New Zealand.

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Still from “Ariki” (2007) video installation by Leilani Kake.

This work will be exhibited again at the Moving Image Centre Toi Rerehiko Gallery on Karangahape Road, Auckland Central from 25 January – 8 March, 2008. The exhibition will also feature Leilani Kake’s 2005 multi-screen video installation, Talking Tivaevae.

Currently, the work features in the group exhibition, Ka ‘apai nuku, ka ‘apai rangi – Lift the universe, lift the heavens (1-24 November 2007) featuring new work by contemporary Cook Island artists Nia-val Ngaro, Metuanooroa Tapuni and Veronica Vaevae. Fresh Gallery Otara is located in the Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand.

Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award 2007

Congratulations to Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes, winner of the 2007 Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award. Terry held his solo exhibition, “Hybrids & Hafekasis” at Fresh Gallery Otara in October 2007, which featured on the front cover of ArtZone magazine (Sept/Nov 07); Terry is also a 2007 participant in the creative incubator programme ARTsource.

Terry & Ema Terry, Ema & Gina Cole  

Klavenes is known for his developed specialised portfolio as a graphic designer and photographer. He is also known for his public artworks around Manukau and Auckland which include art banners, murals and sculptural work. Klavenes has contributed extensively as a multi-media artist gaining commissions from both public and private sectors; his recent approach to further investigate the complexities and anxieties of his own hybridity from within the low socio-economic neighbourhoods of south Auckland, leads to personal stories of experiences shared by many migrants of Pacific ancestry. 
Extract from The Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award 2007 catalogue

Congratulations also to Manukau Pacific Artists, Genevieve Pini and Vinesh Kumaran, who were finalists for the 2007 award. Congratulations also to Christchurch based Tongan painter Kulimoe’anga Maka, who exhibited with Samiu Napa’a at Fresh Gallery Otara in September 2007, who was awarded the runner-up prize.


Falaniko Pini, Marilyn Kohlhase with Genevieve Pini


Vinesh Kumaran and partner Jigisha with Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes

All photography courtesy of Steven Ball.

For more photos from the Awards evening, click here.