Leilani Kake, NZ / Cook Islands. Curated by Ema Tavola.
A powerful new work from Manukau-based Leilani Kake investigates the cultural taboo of nudity and explores the politics and histories related to perceptions of the body for Māori and Pacific women. This provocative video installation was inspired by startling statistics that revealed the unusually high incidence of preventable cancers in Māori and Pacific Island women.
Known for her emotional, performance-based practice referencing ritual and tradition, family and relationships, Kake creates art that encourages her community to engage with issues affecting them. Ngā Hau E Whā – The Four Winds exposes the inextricable links joining Polynesian femininity to power, religion, sexuality and privacy.
Fresh Gallery Otara
Shop 5, 46 Fairmall , Otara Town Centre, Manukau, New Zealand
4 March – 16 April, 2011 Hours Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm / Sat, 8am-2pm
Ngā Hau E Whā – The Four Winds : Women, Water and the Moon by Ema Tavola
The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off on March 2, a spectacular line-up of theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts and special events, the Festival brings the world’s best to Auckland over 19 exciting days.
“Our Festival programme celebrates the infinite possibilities of the human imagination, the thrill of discovery, and the excitement of travel to exotic places – both in this world, and in the worlds of creativity, ideas and dreams. Auckland Arts Festival 2011 is your passport to an incredible universe of performance, entertainment, arts and ideas.”
-Artistic Director David Malacari
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