Viti 2010 Round Up

I started this blog back in May last year with the idea of blogging about  contemporary art, fashion, home and product design in the Pacific. Thank you to my readers, those who supplied me with information and photos and inspirational artists and curators – couldn’t do it without you all.

2011 is looking like a great year – I have so much to tell you with so many exhibitions, festivals etc happening and I can’t wait to start!

Here’s a round up of posts from 2010.


Art of the Pacific Islands in Suva, Fiji

Bloods Thicker Than Mud at Fresh Gallery Otara in South Auckland.

Paperskin – the art of tapa cloth at the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. The catalogue from the exhibition, Paperskin: Barkcloth across the Pacific is available for free on the Te Papa website here.

ANGA, 2008, COOK ISLANDS. This large and stunning anga (decorated tapa) is a significant addition to Te Papa’s very small collection of 19th and early 20th-century tapa from the Cook Islands. It was made in 2008 and marks a renewed contemporary interest in tapa manufacture on the island of Mangaia. Image via Te Papa.

Talking Tapa: Pacifika Bark Cloth in Queensland – a traveling exhibition that showcases Pacific Islander heritage. Works from around the Pasifika region including Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna.

Au Mei Moana – Returning Tides in Tonga. A celebration of Tongan culture by Tongan artists through contemporary media including the visual arts, dance, and music – a forge between the island and the diaspora. The exhibition featured over 30 local and overseas Tongan artists.

Leba Toki and Robin White – Artists talks and demonstration

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

Flora Koloa Kapkap – works of celebrated female artists Dagmar Dyck (Tonga), Ellie Fa’amauri – Firisua (Solomon Islands) and Sylvia Marsters (Cook Islands) at okaioceanikart gallery in Auckland, New Zealand.


Talanoa with Sachiko Miller from VOU.

Vou dancers. Image courtesy of Sachiko Miller.


One of the reasons I started this blog was because of things (rugs, beddings, clothes, furniture etc) I’ve come across online that in my opinion have Pacific influences in its design.  I started sharing these finds in blog posts called called Kerei, meaning to borrow or borrowed in Fijian.

Here are the posts:

Hiapo in tapestry

Sketch Doodle Tapestry. Image via Urban Outfitters

Geometric factor

It’s all about the geometrics

Bridal rug sofa

Engraved jewellery

Imma going hunting in Bondi

Danish Inspired Christmas trees with a hint of Oceania

Image via Apartment Therapy


Sammy G: Came from the bottom – In early June, Underdawg Productions released on YouTube Sammy G’s latest video which was recorded in April 2009 at Underdawg studios in Fiji and shot in Papua New Guinea.

VOU release music video Love Here.

If it’s just blood and guts, I think I’ll quit – Papua New Guinean Sydney based musician, Ngaiire.

Image via MySpace: Ngaiire


ARTSpeak PASIFIKA: a gathering of the fano in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Dreaming festival in Woodford, Queensland, Australia.

Fijian Heritage Fashion Show in South Auckland, New Zealand.

A fight scene from Fijian Heritage Fashion Show. Image courtesty of Filani Filina Macassey

PAA Symposium, Rarotonga 2010 : Pacific Art in the 21st century: Museums, New Global Communities, and Future Trends held in Cook Islands.

Oceanic Conference on Creativity and Climate Change – Oceans, Islands and Skies at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

Body Pacifica Festival at Casula Powerhouse Arts Center in New South Wales, Australia.

Still from interview with Niwhai Tupaea via Australian Museum


Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival

One Love Oceania – Pacific US based artists explore their roles as sisters, daughters and lovers in this ensemble performance where being queer is truly a homecoming. A performance of trail blazing queer women of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian descent who explore the intersections among womanhood, queerness, family and Pacific Islander diasporic activism. Watch their video here.

Lakovi – The first Fijian language contemporary play that was co-written by Dr Apolonia Tamata, a senior culture and heritage specialist at the FTFB and notable Fijian  playwright and documentary filmmaker in the Pacific, Larry Thomas.

The Turtle and the Shark – The popular Samoan legend animated.

Strange Birds in Paradise : A West Papua Story – An expedition of imagination and discovery to the hidden Indonesian province of West Papua that exposes its sad history and desperate hopes but culminates in a joyful and defiant musical celebration.


Lisa Reihana at Unnerved: The New Zealand Project The Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Vincent sitting / Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana | Ngāpuhi: Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu | New Zealand b.1964 |
Vincent sitting (from Digital Marae 2001–ongoing) 2007, printed 2010.
Reflected is Hinewai (from Digital Marae 2001–ongoing) 2001.

at Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, GoMa

Unnevered in my hands – I won a free copy of the publication from the  Unnerved: The New Zealand Project exhibition at The Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

The Fight by Eric Bridgeman at Last Words exhibition at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Details of video still from The Fight 2010 by Eric Bridgeman



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