Cerisse Palalagi

March 13, 2008

Flat White Black Pearl

Title: ‘Alofax3’ Medium: Ink & Acrylic on paper By Cerisse Palalagi 2008
Nina Tonga viewing Artworks in the Flat White Black exhibition
Flat White, Black Pearl is being shown in Auckland as part of the month-long Celebrate Pasifika festival. Atypical of your usual expectation of Pacific culture in the visual arts, it will only feature works that are in black and white.With almost 50 artists participating in the show, there are bound to be a few surprises about how the artists have chosen to express their ‘colour’ and cultural identity when confined to neutral tones.

Jim Vivieaere has curated the exhibition along with Leanne Clayton, herself an emerging artist and first-time curator.

While the curators concentrate on creating the physical and intellectual experience of the exhibition, the artists determine their own views on issues of race and identity as Pacific artists.

The exhibition invites people to take another look at the contrast of white and black, the personal expression of identity and wider issues of race and ethnicity.

Some Artists in the show include:
Cerisse Palalagi
Tuafale Tanoa’i /aka: Linda T
Ema Tavola
David Siliga Setoga
Metuanooroa Tapuni
Terry Klavenes
Niaval Ngaro
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