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Leilani Kake’s video installation, Talking Tivaevae on the cover of Artist Alliance Magazine, Issue 88 (February/March 2008)

Leilani’s recent video installations, Talking Tivaevae and Ariki are on exhibition at MIC Toi Rerehiko Gallery, Level 1, 321 Karangahape Road, Auckland City until 8 March 2008.

Coco Fusco is coming to Auckland!!

Invitation to a lecture and symposium with visiting Hood Fellow, performance artist and writer Coco Fusco 

“The War on Terror offers an unprecedented opportunity to the women of [America]. Our nation is putting its trust in our talents, and is providing the support we need to show the world that American women are the linchpin in the worldwide struggle for democracy.”

With these words, Coco Fusco – a New York-based, Cuban-American performance artist, writer and forthcoming Hood Fellow at The University of Auckland – sets the stage for her latest work, “A Room of One’s Own: Women and Power in the New America.” As part of her Hood Fellowship in early August, Associate Professor Fusco will stage two performances of the work in Auckland and lead an Australasian artists’ symposium examining the role of contemporary art practice and performance as a vehicle for social change.

“A Room of One’s Own: Women and Power in the New America”

 What? A performance-lecture about the expanding role of American women in the War on Terror. Fusco takes on the persona of a female graduate of military intelligence school and a seasoned interrogator.

When? Thursday, 2nd August at 1pm and Friday, 3rd August at 7.30pm

Where? Maidment Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand

Tickets? Free tickets can be picked up from the Maidment Theatre

Enquiries? For further information, call 09 308 2383

In developing “A Room of One’s Own” the internationally recognised artist underwent a mock interrogation process, confronting first-hand the often torturous, sometimes sadistic practices of military personnel charged with eliciting intelligence from would-be terrorists.

Her performance-lecture focuses on the rationale behind using sexual innuendo as a tactic for extracting information from Islamic fundamentalists. It also stresses, with cutting satire, how a career in the military intelligence represents an opportunity for emancipated women of the 21st century to shed their role as victims and become victimizers, wielding significant power and control over “others”.

The Artists’ Symposium, “Society, Politics and the Performative”

 What? A seminar comprising discussions led by Coco Fusco alongside Pasifika trans-gendered artist Shigeyuki Kihara, Maori artists Tracey Tawhiao, Australian-based Deborah Kelly and Lebanese-Australian artist Khaled Sabsabi. The symposium will examine the role that contemporary art practice can play as a vehicle for social change. The artists will discuss their use of art to help articulate and highlight the complex issues of gender, ethnicity, politics and society.

When? Saturday, 4th August, 10.30am-4.00pm

Where? Engineering Theatre 439, 20 Symonds Street, City Campus.

Tickets? The symposium is free to attend, however registration is required. To register, phone 09 373 7599 ext. 84464 or email p.sheddan@auckland.ac.nz. Media welcome.

“Coco Fusco has developed an impressive profile internationally in relation to both her performances and writing,” says Caroline Vercoe, Senior Lecturer in the University’s Department of Art History. “Her visit will provide an opportunity to discuss the ways that art can engage with current social, political and cultural issues, as well as to make connections between local and international art practice.”

Ms Fusco has had a long-held interest in the complex relationship between gender, race, stereotype and encounter. She is perhaps best known for the controversial 1992-1994 work, “Two Amerindians Visit the West”, in which she and her Mexican collaborator Guillermo Gómez-Peña exhibited themselves in a cage, acting as representatives from a group of people previously “undiscovered” by western explorers. Intended as a satirical commentary during the sesquicentennial celebrations of Columbus’ so-called founding of the Americas, Fusco was shocked to find many viewers believed the performance and even paid money to have their photos taken with the fictional indigenous characters.

 Coco Fusco’s latest documentary, “Operation Atropos”, in which she and a group of female friends experience a mock interrogation process, will screen continuously in the foyer of the Gus Fisher Gallery (74 Shortland St) from 20 July – 1 September.

Exhibitions

South Style curated by Ema Tavola
Joint show: Ofa Mafi, Allen Vili featuring photography by Vinesh Kumaran
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
15 May – 6 June 2009 

Pan Pacific Nation curated by Jaimey Hamilton & Rich Richardson
Group show: Maile Andrade, Leanne Lupelele Clayton, Noelle Kahanu, Leilani Kake, Lily Laita, Janet Lilo, Carl Pao, Siliga David Setoga, Ema Tavola, Angela Tiatia, Filipe Tohi
The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, Hawaii
3-28 March 2009

For Fiji, Ever Fiji curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Margaret S. Aull, Torika Bolatagici, Filani Filini Macassey, Sangeeta Singh, Luisa Tora
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
23 January – 14 February 2009 

FRESH08 curated by Ema Tavola
Group show
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
28 November – 20 December 2008 

MEAT & LOLLIES curated by Janet Lilo & Ema Tavola
Group show: Antonio Filipo, Leilani Kake, Sean Kerrigan, Mele Penitani, Genevieve Pini, Siliga David Setoga
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
31 October – 22 November 2008 

VASU: Pacific Women of Power curated by Jakki Leota-Ete, Ann Tarte, Frances C Koya and Luisa Tora
Group show: Margaret Aull, Reapi Blyde, Marita Brodie, Tui Clery, Josie Crick, Mary Daya, Isabelle Dina, Julie Fakaia, Katalina Fotofili, Lusiana Katonivauliku, Frances C Koya, Marie Koya, Jakki Leota-Ete, Sharon Light, Akosita Lovodua, Filani Filina Macassey, Mereoni Mataika, Sachiko Miller, Tessa Miller, Vitalina Nabola, Adi Nacola, Sinu Naulumatua, Mary-Jane Conner, Tereeao Teingiia Ratite, Ateca Ravuvu, Jane Ricketts, Maria Rova, Susan Sela, Rosie Semisi, Rowena Singh, Sangeeta Singh, Dulcie Stewart, Mere Taito, Ann Tarte, Ema Tavola, Katarina Teaiwa, Teresia Teaiwa, Luisa Tora, Alisi Vavataga
Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
25-27 September 2008
Fiji Museum, Thurston Gardens, Suva, Fiji
2-31 October 2008

REPRESENT 
Group show: Jane-Anne Akamoeau, Genevieve Pini, Fofoga Setoga-Tuala, Ema Tavola.
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
18 April – 10 May 2008    
 

Flat White Black Pearl curated by Jim Vivieaere
Group Show
Te Karanga Gallery, Karangahape Road, Auckland City, Aotearoa New Zealand
1-22 March 2008


Longitude
curated by Giles Peterson
Group show: Ani O’Neill, Chris van Doren, Danielle Meredith, Ema Tavola, Glenda Vilisoni, Greg Semu, Lange Taufelila, Lina Marsh, Leilani Kake, Letufa Taniela, Marlon Rivers, Metuanooroa Tapuni, Sam Matangi, Suia Westbrooke, Siliga David Setoga, Samiu Napa’a, Sheyne Tuffery, Taniela Taniela, Troy Jackson.
The Art Studio, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
10-30 September 2007
Media: ‘Opening night at Longitude Art Show’, The Cook Islands Herald website (15 September 2007)


Fresh Gallery Otara Turns 1!
curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Steven Ball, Juan Castillo, Mere Clifford, Angela Gribbon, Troy Jackson, Leilani Kake, Sean Kerrigan, Chris Lologa, Danielle Meredith, Samiu Napa’a, Genevieve Pini, Amy Plant, Christine Samuels, Jacob Sua, Glenda Vilisoni, Vanessa Wynyard.
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
17 May – 9 June 2007


BUY SPEND SAVE NOW
 A collaboration between Shigeyuki Kihara, Leilani Salesa & Ema Tavola 
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
22 March – 14 April 2007
Media: ‘The artist and the transaction’ by Sue Gardiner (ArtNews New Zealand, winter 2007) p. 82-86


MSVA Student Exhibition curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Jane-Anne Akamoeau, David Filoiali’i, Ofa Mafi, Danielle Meredith, Mele Penitani, Christine Samuels, Krystal Tavai.
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
15 November – 6 December 2006


What’s Going On
Joint show: Leilani Kake, Ema Tavola
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
17 October – 11 November 2006
 

The Real Fiji curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Torika Bolatagici, Alvin Chandra, Ida Donley, Vinesh Kumaran, John Lake, Craig Marlow, Joana Monolagi, Rowena Rooney, Ema Tavola, Salote Tawale, Lingikoni Vaka’uta + Fiji Women’s Rights Movement ELF project “Picture This!”
Mangere Arts Centre, Mangere Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
10 October – 7 November 2006Media: Auckland Fiji Community website


Tasi ae Afe; One but a Million
curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: John Ioane, Shigeyuki Kihara, Genevieve Pini
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
17 September – 14 October 2006


(Re)Locating Home
curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Elisabeth Alani, Junior Ikitule, Leilani Kake, Vinesh Kumaran, Dean Purcell, ‘Ahota’ei’loa Toetu’u.
Alliance Francaise de Suva, 14 McGregor Road, Suva, Fiji
30 June – 8 July 2006
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
29 July – 19 August 2006
Media: ‘Pacific Art show in Fiji includes Talking Tivaevae’ (Manukau Courier, 10 August 2006)

Fresh Gallery Otara Launch! curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Monica Fa’alava’au, Leilani Kake, Jayson Mokotupu, Salesa Pepe, Tony Putai, Jacob Su’a, Lange Taufelila, Ema Tavola, Glenda Vilisoni, Vanessa Wynyard.
Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
26 May – 24 June 2006

This is not a love song curated by Eimi Tamua
Group show: Angela Tiatia, Lonnie Hutchinson, Andrea Low, Ani O’Neill, Seliga Setoga, Jacob Su’a, Eimi Tamua, Nooroa Tapuni, Ema Tavola.
Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
16 March – 1 April 2006

 
Destinations… curated by Lonnie Hutchinson for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Group show: ‘Amelia ‘Ahosivi, Lonnie Hutchinson, John Ioane, Shigeyuki Kihara, Emily Mafile’o, Vea Mafile’o, Edith Amituana’i, Rochelle Stebbings, Metuanooroa Tapuni, Ema Tavola, Michel Tuffery, Leafa Janice Wilson.
Pitt Street Methodist Church Hall, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
24 August – 3 September 2005


Mana Wahine 2005
curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Melissa Cole, Melani Kirkwood Kahi, Yazma Smith, Ema Tavola.
Duende, Otahuhu, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
12 – 24 April 2005
Media: Auckland Fiji Community website / Fiji Sun


South Contained Unit
curated by Ema Tavola
‘A one night only outdoor multi-media exhibition featuring 13 South Auckland artists’
Featuring: Elisabeth Alani, Melissa Cole, Minoa Fifita, Junior Ikitule, Leilani Kake, Dean Kirkwood, Anika Perese, Genevieve Pini, Jayson Mokotupu, Gareth Nu’uali’itia, Jacob Su’a.
Otara Community Courtyard, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
30 November 2004


The artists are described as… Polynesian Male
curated by Ema Tavola
Joint show: Reagan Iosefa Samoa, Samiu Napa’a.
Artnet Gallery, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
30 October – 13 November 2004


Five by Three
curated by Ema Tavola
Group show: Genevieve Pini, Edwina Foliaki, Ema Tavola.
Artnet Gallery, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand
12 – 29 October 2004


Niu Dialogue
curated by Jim Vivieaere for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Group show
The Edge, Aotea Centre, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
2 – 27 March 2004


2001 ANZ National Art Awards
Group show
The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva, Fiji
April 2001


Youthful Art Expressions on HIV/AIDS, STIs, Sexuality, Empowerment and Youth
Group show: Aaron Allen, William Bakalevu, Viliame de Bruce, Josiliva Crick, Lambert Ho, Meli Laddpeter, Rusiate Lali, Craig Marlow, Warwick Marlow, Ellenette Nusbaum, Sangeeta Singh, Anare Somumu, Dulcie Stewart, Ema Tavola, Josua Toganivalu.
AIDS Taskforce Ellery Street Drop-In Centre, Suva, Fiji
24 March 2001


Red Wave Collective
curated by John Pule
Group show
Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
February 2001