Direct from showing in the USA. NIU PASIFIK – URBAN ART FROM THE PACIFIC RIM
Niu Pasifik From ” Article by Jacquie Durant : latest Australia Art monthly
…” Giles Peterson has been independently curating contemporary Pacific art for over 15 years, producing landmark exhibitions of international significance such as Out Of the Blue, Island Crossings, Ring of Fire, Heart of the Niu, and Urban Pacific. His newest offering, Niu Pasifik – Urban art from the Pacific Rim (C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California at Davis, 6 April – 13 June), draws upon his own collection. This block-buster show represents a huge slice of the Pacific Islander arts scene. Just a sample of what’s on offer includes work by those hailing from ‘the big island’: our Jenny Fraser, Joanne Currie Nalingu and Tracey Moffatt; as well as Robyn Kahukiwa, Taryn Beri, Ian George, Lina Marsh, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Lonnie Hutchinson, Andy Leleisi’uao, Shigeyuki Kihara, Emily Karaka, Kiwi Biddle, John Ioane, Anita Jacobsen, Janet Lilo, Niki Hastings McFall, Lily Laita, Diane Prince, and Lusia Samuelu. Just about every medium is covered, including animation, hip-hop music video, sculpture, photography, tattoo, installation, embroidery / textile and street fashion. Peterson currently lectures in New Zealand and Pacific Art and Design History and Fashion Theory at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland.
Also curated by the indefatigable Giles Peterson is TIAHO (To Shine) (from 16 April, Instiuto de Latino Mexico, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Coyacoan, Mexico City). TIAHO is a group photographic and moving image exhibition from Oceania – the first of its kind from NZ and Pacific artists to show in Mexico. Representing 25 artists with NZ Maori, and Islander backgrounds from Fiji, Samoa, Niue, Tonga and Cook Islands, it features key works by our very own Torika Bolatagici, as well as those of Rosanna Raymond, Becky Nunes, Greg Semu, Nicky Hastings McFall, and (in her third international showing for this month) Rarotongan-based Kay George. ” (ends)
” ‘NIU PASIFIK is an exhibition of contemporary art by 50 artists and designers from New Zealand and the Pacific Rim from my personal collection. Several of the works are from exhibitions I have curated over the years.
NIU PASIFIK includes work from my first curated exhibition in 1994; other works are newly commissioned or acquired pieces, the most recent being in 2010. There is a sense of history to the exhibition: it’s a journey through a personal collection which never started intentionally as a ‘collection’ but has evolved to be a powerful representation of contemporary art from the Pacific Rim. (Excerpts taken from press release.)
NIU PASIFK – URABN ART FROM THE PACIFIC RIM
will show at Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, Wellington, NZ July 29 – Sept 5 ; Curators Talk: Friday August 19, 130pm
Artists include: Terry koloamatangi Klavenes, Shigeyuki Kihara, Ani O ‘Neill, tattoo documentation and visuals from ta moko legend Inia Taylor of Moko ink ; Lisa Taouma, Siliga David Setoga, Michel Tuffery, John Ioane, Janet Lilo, Lina Marsh, Lonnie hutchinson, Jenny Fraser, Tracey Moffatt , Juse 1 : NZ freestyle champion rapper; Janet Lilo , Leilani Kake, Niki Hastings Mcfall, Rosanna Raymond,Taniela Taniela, Tracey Tawhiao : a veritable roll call of NIU PASIFIK ART from Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.