OFO HAKE: Koe Ngatu Teuteu 'o 'Akesa mo 'Isileli Fifita
- When 17 Jan - 18 Apr 2020
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD, PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM
+61 2 8936 0888
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This special project features a ngatu (painted bark cloth tapestry) created in Tonga and New Caledonia by artist and curator Ruha Fifita with help from friends and family, and a second one made collaboratively with her extended family in Vaimalo and Aotearoa New Zealand. These remarkable works represent the critical role of fibre arts in Pacific culture, ceremony and community life, as well as honouring intergenerational learning. The exhibition title ‘OFO HAKE’ evokes a sense of awaking to respond to something new – an awareness embedded in the spiritual and material process of making the ngatu – and the narrative expression, knowledge and faith gained from their grandparents 'Akesa and 'Isileli Fifita.
Lototō 2016 – a Tongan word suggesting values of humility and generosity – speaks to our relationship and interactions with the natural environment. It was made with pigments from Vava'u and Ile Ouen and is based on stories, legends and songs associated with the ancestral migration of whales. The family's collaborative work, Koe Ngoue Manongi (The Fragrant Garden) 2019, reflects on the bonds that unite extended families, as well as the way these relationships nurture levels of unity that extend amongst its members, embracing diversity and enabling individuals within.
4 April 2020 | Ticketed
Members of the family, in partnership with IVI designs, offer an open and interactive learning space where participants can gather to learn from each other through the creation of smaller works on bark cloth.
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