Happy Niu Yeahhhh 2008!

I’m thrilled to be starting 2008 by attending the 32nd CIHA conference in Melbourne, “Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence”. My trip has been generously supported by Manukau City Council and Tautai Contemporary Pacific Art Trust

  Leilani Salesa, co-conspirator 

Fresh Gallery Otara has an awesome line-up of exhibitions and events for 2008 including:

  • Defining Sovereignty – a solo exhibition by Nga Puhi painter Yazma Smith exploring the visual language of protest (1-23 February)
  • From the Pacific, We Rise – a retrospective of the notorious South Auckland entertainment and media company, Kila Kokonut Krew (29 February – 15 March)
  • Top 16a solo exhibition by Janet Lilo exploring the social phenomenon of Bebo and the impact and extensions of contemporary Pacific youth culture in New Zealand and globally (21 March – 12 April)
  • REPRESENT! Four diverse approaches to image-making by four South Auckland based photo media artists (18 April – 10 May)
  • Ranea – Abundancethe first solo exhibition of exciting Auckland-based Niuean/Maori print artist, Cerisse Palalagi (13 June – 5 July)

I’m planning my journey to Pago Pago, American Samoa for the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts (20 July – 2 August) and preparing for a solo exhibition in October!  

Happy Niu Yeahhh and bring on 2008!