Pacific Storms, curated by Joycelin Kauc Leahy, features Pacific Island artists, including islanders who are Australia residents, and explores key issues faced by Pacific Island countries.
The exhibition theme, Lusim Land (Lost Land), describes the challenges of global warming and sea level rise, mining, and the loss of land through logging and other economic development.
Artists from Pacific Island countries question the present, highlight the now and draw attention to what lies under leis, sunshine and the stereotype view of Pacific Islands as underdeveloped and creators of predominantly primitive art. This exhibition strives not to stereotype Pacific arts, but aims to capture the viewer and draw attention to Pacific culture in the contemporary sense as seen through the eyes of Pacific artists.
Logan City Council Program Leader for Cultural Services, Annette Turner, said the exhibition explores the views of islanders who come from many small, isolated and limited land yet they face global contemporary challenges of large magnitudes, equally faced by Australia.
“Indigenous Pacific people, many of whom are residents of Australia and live in communities such as Logan, continue to connect closely with their own people,” she said.
“Their cultures are very much alive and are strongly connected to land and its resources. Their identity comes from their ancestry groups and the loss of land means a loss of identity.”
The exhibition features artists from Papua New Guinea, Tonga , Vanuatu, Torres Straight Islands, Solomon Islands, and Fiji – including myself.
This is the third installation of Pacific Storms. The first exhibition was held at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in 2009 and later that year at Waterfront Place in Brisbane. For more information on the previous Pacific Storms check out Beyond Art’s website here and a review by Prue Ahrens here that was published in eJournal of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies, Issues 1.2 and 2.1, April 2010.
Pacific Storms on the Coconut Wireless:
Beyond Art: Pacific Storms 2009
18 May – 25 June, 2011
Opening night: 20 May, 2011.
Curator, Joycelin Kauc Leahy, will be conducting a floor talk at the Logan Art Gallery at 5.30 pm on Friday 20 May, prior to the official opening at 6:00pm
Logan Art Gallery
Cnr Wembley Road and Jacaranda Ave,
Logan Central, Queensland, Australia
Phone: (07) 3412 5519 • Fax: (07) 3412 5350 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/artgallery
Opening hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday to Saturday
Image via Pacific Storms on Facebook.