“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
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.
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.