The hongi, better associated with our Maori and Hawaiian cousins, is an embrace where the exchanging of the ‘Ha’ (Breath of Life) occurs. It can also be interpreted as the sharing of both souls. Whether it be between siblings, cousin, or a man and a women the ‘Ha’ is truly a spiritual mana embrace between beings. This represents a girl taking on the honor of becoming a taupou. A hongi, sharing of 'ha’ between present and future self. #UrbanNesian
Ata Te Tangata is a survey show that focuses on current practice by photographers of Maori and Pacific descent from Aotearoa New Zealand. Their images tell a multitude of stories, bringing to light the people and landscapes of a contemporary Polynesian experience unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. Ata Te Tangata features works by a ‘who’s who’ of contemporary Maori and Pacific photographers based here, including Siliga David Setoga, Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes, Tanu Gago, Ane Tonga, Grant Apiata, Linda T, Raymond Sagapolutele, Russ Flatt, Lisa Reihana, Emily Mafile'o, Pati Solomona Tyrell and Natalie Robertson.
Serene Timoteo is an Auckland-based artist who translates the negative perception of “Plastic Samoan” into beautiful art. Talanoa Intern Iunisi Vaiaku explores identity, culture and what Serene wants to achieve with her modern-Pacific take on art, and the positive impact it can have on today’s generation of young Pacific people.
“This is our Girls Leading Our Word (GLOW) club working hard on our school and village’s first ever world map mural! This is just a glimpse of what these going ladies are capable of. Malo galue(good work), ladies!”
More printed originals on canvas! The one on the left was the first artwork I did after my daughter’s birth and the one on the right depicts the legend of the turtle and shark most sacred to my husband’s village back home in American Samoa