Pacific art during lockdown

Main image: Christopher Ulutupu, Saltbaths, 2021, (video still), from the series New Kid in Town, Commissioned by Cement Fondu Gallery, Sydney, Australia and funded by Creative New Zealand.

Bringing together work developed by nine artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns is a new exhibition, Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti. Curated by Nigel Borrell – curator, writer, educator and artist specialising in Māori art – the exhibition is being held at Tautai Gallery in Auckland until 25 September 2021.

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti can be poetically translated to “from open seas to the shallow waters,” which Borell explains is a fitting metaphor for what has been an exceptional year worldwide.

“For the artists, the Covid-19 lockdowns brought about new opportunities to create and make. We’ve seen how adversity and innovation have gone hand-in-hand for many of them, and the work they have created is testament to the strength and creativity of artists,” says Borell.

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti includes work by Salvador Brown, Melissa Gilbert, Lyncia Müller, Tuāfale Tanoa’i AKA Linda T., Ashleigh Taupaki, Jasmine Tuiā, Christopher Ulutupu, Tyla Vaeau and Jaimie Waititi. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of Pacific creatives, and includes film, digital image-making, painting, tatau, poetic prose, sonic landscapes and performance.

All artists exhibiting in Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti participated in Tautai’s Fale-ship programme, an initiative born out of the Covid-19 lockdowns to support artists working across a range of artistic disciplines to develop and make work at home. It is the first of two group exhibitions showcasing Tautai’s Fale-ship artists.

Exhibition details:
Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti
When: until Saturday 25 September 2021
Where: Tautai Gallery, Auckland

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