Nesian Tattoo // Mangere

Samoan musician, King Kapisi with Joe Brown

I’m starting to see Joe Brown’s strong tattoo aesthetic a lot these days. On Saturday I saw an amazing calf tattoo at the Otara market and in discussion with someone at Fresh Gallery Otara later on, I was shown Joe’s website and the calf I had seen was in his gallery!

His space, Nesian Tattoo, is at 3/203 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Manukau City.
Open Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 2pm

Check the website for contact details //

Pecha Kucha Night // Manukau City

It’s back! We’re holding our 2nd Manukau Pecha Kucha Night at the historic Metro Theatre in Mangere East. It’ll be an AWESOME night – the line-up is a fresh fresh fresh selection of amazing creatives all of which have a relationship with south Auckland. Entry is $5 and limited – get in quick!

Rimoni // A shot in the dark

A Manurewa photographer takes an honest approach to capturing open public spaces, writes Sharu Delilkan // The Aucklander – South Edition

Raymond Sagapolutele refers to himself as a “brotographer”.

“I used to be known for saying ‘bro’ all the time. It’s a term I use to describe myself, not a reference to the subject matter I shoot,” says the photographer who’s showing his first collection of shots.

Just like his unconventional description of himself, subverting convention and challenging media stereotypes is the main thrust of Honest?!?.

The exhibition of black and white photographs shows “images of South Auckland through my eyes”, he says.

“Rather than just doing typical South Auckland shots, I prefer taking shots of people and places with a refreshing perspective.”

The 38-year-old from Manurewa says he started off taking cliched landscape shots but realised very quickly that every other photographer seemed also to be doing that. So he looked for subjects that would distance his work from everyone else’s.

“I shoot a lot in the middle of the night. I love going to places that wouldn’t be considered photogenic. For example, I opt to go to places that would otherwise be busy during the day and take pictures when they’re empty.”

Sagapolutele, who has only been doing photography seriously for four years, says he discovered his knack for it by accident.

“I used to mess around with my wife’s camera after she’d come back from her night photography classes and realised I was on to a good thing.”

Following 15 years working in finance, he quit his job in 2003 to immerse himself in multimedia courses.

“Most of my learning has been self-taught. I prefer that to formal learning.”

A regular photographer for Rip It Up magazine and Dawn Raid, Sagapolutele says he prefers to work without a set agenda.

“If you do what is true to yourself, the likelihood is that you’ll get an honest reflection of what you’re after.”

Honest?!?, Fresh Gallery Otara, Shop 5, 46 Fairmall, Otara Town Centre, until October 24.
Artist Talk: 12pm, Saturday 17 October. Free entry.
For more information, ph 271 6019.

STEVIE J to perform at FIJI TIMES opening!

Stevie J is a musical journeyman. Originally from Wainuni in Bua, he started his career singing with the band Purple Haze and later fronted Fiji’s first reggae band, Exodus. He’s played as supporting act to international artists, including the late Lucky Dube. In the 90s he turned his talent to jazz, blues and soul but his roots stay with reggae. He plays regularly around Auckland with various musicians, including former Wailers guitarist, Roy Venkataraman and blues guitarist, Warren Mendonsa. Stevie J is currently working on his first major release, a jazzy rootsy album featuring all the influences from his journey.

Fiji Times is a short exhibition curated to commemorate Fiji Independance Day, October 10. Featuring recent works by Margaret Aull, Filani Macassey, Sangeeta Singh, Luisa Tora and Torika Bolatagici Vetuna, the show opens from 6pm, Friday 9 October and continues until Wednesday 14 October open daily from 12-6pm at The Salon, Level 1, St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, central Auckland.

Find out more about FIJI TIMES here

FIJI TIMES // New Work by 5 Fiji Women Artists

FIJI TIMES is a group exhibition curated by Ema Tavola for Fiji Independance Day, October 10.

Inspired to make experimental artistic commentary on the current political climate of Fiji, five Fiji women artists have developed new works that tackle political [mis]leadership, faith and religion, censorship and militarism, propaganda, love, land and diaspora.

This exciting short exhibition is a continuation of the VASU: Pacific Women of Power exhibition staged in Suva in 2008. VASU was Fiji’s first platform for the promotion, celebration and discussion of art made by Fiji women.

FIJI TIMES will take place at a central Auckland artist-run-space called The Salon from 10-14 October, opening daily from 12-6pm. Artists will be on site and all are welcome to celebrate the exhibition’s opening from 6pm, Friday 9 October.