Leba Toki and Robin White – Artists talks and demonstration

Cakacakavata – Working Together

Thursday 26 August, 2010. 6pm – 7pm

at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand. P

While living in Kiribati, New Zealand artist Robin White frequently flew via Fiji and admired the fine examples of masi (tapa) in the airport lounge. Robin always wanted to learn how the intricate patterns were developed and painted. Her wish was fulfilled when she met Leba Toki on a visit to Lautoka and they agreed to work together. They collaborated in 2000 and again in 2008, along with Leba’s sister-in-law Bale Jione, working together over several months to produce a collection of pieces.

Join Leba Toki, Bale Jione, and Robin White as they talk about their collaborative experience, with photographs that demonstrate the preparation and patterning of their masi (tapa).

Part of the Paperskin: the art of tapa cloth exhibition.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August 2pm

at Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua City, New Zealand. P

Robin White and Fijian artists Leba Toki and Bale Jione will be working in the gallery as a part of the Double Vision exhibition. Robin White will be talking about the collaboration process on both days at 2pm alongside the Fijian artists who will be demonstrating masi printing.

Double Vision: when artists collaborate P

An exhibition of collaborating artists including –

Aaron Beehre & Hannah Beehre
Susan Jowsey & Marcus Williams
Madeleine Child & Philip Jarvis
Shintaro Nakahara & Yoshiko Nakahara
Gavin Hurley & Sam Mitchell
Hemi Macgregor, Ngataiharuru Taepa & Saffronn Te Ratana
Robin White, Leba Toki & Bale Jione

Exploring the partnerships and processes used in creating a collaborative art work. DOUBLE VISION: when artists collaborate showcases the results of these very successful and innovative collaborations.

The exhibition showcases the trend towards collaboration among contemporary visual artists. From pairs and couples to groups and collectives, artists are increasingly choosing to work together, valuing creative teamwork in a less isolated practice. Collaborative practice is now an established and familiar part of the contemporary visual arts landscape.

Why are artists choosing to collaborate? Could this be part of a shift away from individualistic to a more collaborative, socially engaged form of artistic practice? Will this lead to the emergence of a new kind of art practice?

The artists in this exhibition revel in the creative possibilities that come from collaboration. Challenging the image of the lone artist, they enjoy the process of working together and the opportunity it gives them to expand their creative horizons. They relish the conviviality of discussing, criticising and offering different perspectives. Robin White describes the pattern of consultation, action and reflection in working with Fijian artists Leba Toki and Bale Jione as ‘liberating – creating art becomes a fundamentally social activity.’

Detail: Teitei vou (A new garden) 2009 | Robin White | New Zealand b.1946 | Leba Toki | Fiji b.1951 | Bale Jione | Fiji b.1952 |

Sources: Te Papa and Pataka Museum

Further Reading:

Robin White and Leba Toki, along with Bale Jione exhibited at the The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6) from 5 December 2009 – 5 April 2010 at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Prestigious exhibitions presents “New Garden”. 2 February 2010. Bahai World News Service.

Images of Teitei vou (A new garden) 2009 on Juju Mamas blog.

Art on Fijian bark cloth reflects unit in diversity. 2ooo. Bahai World News Service.

Image via Bahai World News Service

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