Notes // Art Talks // Auckland

Notes responding to Guest Lecture by Ema Tavola // University of Auckland
Information, videos, links and pictures

  1. Dravuni / Kadavu / Fiji
  2. Adi Nacola // Grasskirt Photography
  3. For the 2007 project, Picture This! facilitated by the Fiji Womens Rights Movement, Adi Nacola was commissioned to teach basic photography skills to young women to form an exhibition, selected works later featured in “The Real Fiji” at Mangere Arts Centre.

  4. sub urbia 2008
  5. sub urbia 2007
  6. My Polyfest 2008 photos
    Official ASB Polyfest website
  7. Raymond Sagapolutele // Manurewa-based brotographer // Rimoni Photography
    First solo exhibition, Honest?!?, Fresh Gallery Otara (2-24 October 2009)
  8. Shigeyuki Kihara
  9. What’s Going On? was a live art project by Leilani Kake + Ema Tavola, Fresh Gallery Otara (October 2006)
  10. Defining Sovereignty – a solo exhibition by Yazma Smith, Fresh Gallery Otara (February 2008)
  11. Maka Tu Taha featuring Samiu Napa’a and Kulimoe’anga Maka Stone, Fresh Gallery Otara (September 2007)
  12. Glenda Vilisoni recently featured in Pule Fakamotu, a group exhibition of Niuen artists, Artstation (October 2008)
  13. For Fiji, Ever Fiji – a group exhibition of Fiji women artists, Fresh Gallery Otara (January 2009)
    • Featuring The Homecoming, a short film by Luisa Tora
  14. BUY SPEND SAVE NOW – a collaborative installation by Shigeyuki Kihara, Leilani Salesa and Ema Tavola, Fresh Gallery Otara (March 2007), currently showing in Flower Power curated by Andrea Busto, Villa Giulia – CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy (May-October 2009)
  15. From The Pacific, We Rise – a retrospective exhibition of the Kila Kokonut Krew, Fresh Gallery Otara (February 2008)
    • YouTube exhibition video
    • Vela Manusaute performing in AotearoHa!, New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2008
    • Interview on TVNZ’s Tagata Pasifika with Kila Kokonut Krew
    • “Dont Dutch” T shirt advert for Phat Islanders T-shirts. Starring Stacey Leilua, Ansley Tapuvae, Aleni Tufuga from the Kila Kokonut Krew. Music by JXN (Nafanua Records)
    • Online archive of KKK videos
  16. Pa is a 6 minute short film by Arnette Arapai & Boswell Haiosi (2006)
    Roy Head is 82 years old and is of Niuean and English descent. He moved to New Zealand in 1943 and has remained in Parnell, Auckland ever since. He talks candidly of his life here, work, and marriage. Pa is relevant to our Pacific Island people of today in terms of acknowledging and validating our elders – so much youth of today tend to look forward not concerned with the past, ignoring the fact that the past is all a part of who we are today. It’s a brief snippet of his story spoken in Niuean with English subtitles.Pa first appeared in Pollywood 5 (2007) curated by Craig Fasi for Auckland’s Media and Interdisciplinary Arts Centre and later in Nuku Tu Taha – a group exhibition of Niuean artists, Fresh Gallery Otara (October 2008)
  17. Koloa et al: Your Art is my Treasure featuring Mo’ui Aonga Tongan Cultural Centre (Otahuhu), curated by Charmaine Ilaiu and Nina Tonga, Fresh Gallery Otara (February 2008)
  18. South Style featuring Vinesh Kumaran, Ofa Mafi and Allen Vili, Fresh Gallery Otara (May 2009)
  19. MyFace – a solo exhibition by Janet Lilo, Fresh Gallery Otara (June 2009)\
  20. Urban Pacific Art in Aotearoa / New Zealand
    Panel discussion with Leilani Kake, Giles Peterson and Ema Tavola
    Developed for the Pacific Arts Association session at the 97th College Art Association conference, Los Angeles (February 2009)

  21. small axe 09 – a 47 minute collaborative video project produced by Janet Lilo in partnership with Ema Tavola for Artspace (September 2009)
  22. Fresh Gallery Otara on Pacific Beat Street (Episode 2, 28 March 2009)
    Fresh Gallery Otara | Context // Otara Market on Australia Network’s Pacific Pulse (22/06/09)
  23. Siliga David Setoga

Some extra goodness…

Nesian 101 by Nesian Mystik
I love this song, these gang have great energy and I love Brother Love, but the dancing is..  forced.. if you go to any freshy club in Auckland on a Thursday or Saturday night, you find this abundance of raw dancefloor confidence and beautiful brown bodies and the dancefloor is electric! None of this skinny-leg-too-much make-up-choreography… icks!

The next Festival of Pacific Arts will be in the Solomon Islands in 2012 – can’t wait!!
I had a great time in 2004 in Palau, and last year in Pago Pago where I had the opportunity to be part of the New Zealand delegation… it was a trip!

Sinalela, a short film by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Dan is a California based painter / poet / film maker / writer. He developed a body of new work for a solo exhibition, Missionary Positions – An Illustrated History of American Samoa whilst in Pago Pago for the 10th Festival of Pacific Art. Showing initially at Fresh Gallery Otara in August 2008, the works went on to be shown and sold at Auckland’s O’Kaioceanikart. Dan was interviewed by Samoan writer Sia Figiel in a recent article in Art & Australia magazine.

Good Hair trailer.
Developing the work, small axe 09 for Artspace, research led us to find Chris Rock’s soon to be released in New Zealand documentary, Good Hair.


Death is Inevitable (2008)

Janet and I went to Wellington for the re-opening of the City Gallery with an amazing huge exhibition by Yayoi Kusama, and in the small but present Deane Gallery, a solo exhibition by Ngaahina Hohoia.. fabulous.

We dressed in full colour!

Happy Birthday VASU!

Editor / Curator Luisa Tora

TODAY is the first anniversary of the monumental exhibition project, VASU: Pacific Women of Power curated by Jakki Leota-Ete, Cresentia F. Koya, Ann Tarte and Luisa Tora. It opened initially at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture at the University of the South Pacific, and then was re-installed at the Fiji Museum.

The excellent exhibition catalogue has been purchased by Manukau Libraries and is now available in the Pacific collections of the following libraries: Clendon, Mangere East, Mangere Town Centre, Manurewa, Otara, Papatoetoe and Tupu Youth Library.

A limited number of catalogues will be for sale at the upcoming exhibition FIJI TIMES at The Salon, Level 1, St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Road, Auckland City from 10-14 October. The exhibition features recent and experimental works by Margaret Aull, Filani Macassey, Sangeeta Singh, Salote Tawale, Luisa Tora and Torika Bolatagici Vetuna.

Artist / Contributing Writer Ema Tavola

More about VASU: Pacific Women of Power and photos from the exhibition.

small axe 09 – until 10 October // Artspace, Auckland

Lorna, Avondale // Interviews

Photographic series // Visesio Siasau + Serene Tay // Artist submission

Filming Angela, Grey Lynn

Photos by Sam Hartnett //

small axe 09 is a collaborative video project by artists from the Fresh Gallery Otara community, produced by Janet Lilo in partnership with Ema Tavola, for the annual Artspace New Artists show, 5 September – 10 October 2009.

More photos here

New work by Torika Bolatagici Vetuna

Installation – Frankston City Library, © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation – White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Torika’s new project Missing Pacific and Decolonise Your Mind has been commissioned by White Street Projects in conjunction with Frankston City Council and Arts Victoria.

Installed across two locations, the works ask viewers to question public institutions of knowledge and private and personal histories. Through her installation and photographic work, she creates a link between personal history, public knowledge and private and public space.

Decolonise Your Mind,  Frankston City Library 22 September – 1 November 2009, 60 Playne Street Frankston,
Missing Pacific, Public lightbox installation, Cnr. White Street & Wells St, open 24/7

Torika is… excellent

black-centricity and blog hopping

DJ Dimples // Queen of the Turntables // Miami

I got a pile of withdrawn magazines from the Otara Library, amongst them were Hype Hair and Black Beat. Its refreshing to read black-centric perspectives, even if they are on hair straightening, Lil Mama and what you should wear to the prom. From Black Beat‘s section of emerging rap artists, I started a new relationship with MySpace and found DJ Dimples, who I love.

Somehow I found myself on this blog, Fly profiling a Fly Girl of the Week, where I found Sheena Says… remarks from a perpetual wanderer… which reminded me of the local fly girl Coco Solid, Philoso-Flygirl who profiles Babes, a recent babe being her awesome sister Kyla, who started a blog for her Room 8 class at Tamaki Primary School

Parallel Dance Ensemble’s single “Weight Watchers” feat. Coco Solid and Bobbi Soxx. Ism Records.

Then felt inspired to contribute to the Flickr group, What I Wore Today (Drawings Only!)