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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March 9, 2008

Pollywood 08

Filed under: Aotearoa, Festivals, Indigenous Media, Pacific Art — Tags: , , , , , — Cerisse Palalagi @ 5:57 pm

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M.I.C – Toi Rerehiko are proud to present POLLYWOOD SIX08, curated by Craig Fasi. Continuing on from the previous successful FIVE years of screening Pacific Island Short Film; POLLYWOOD SIX08 is set to please audiences yet again..

POLLYWOOD, a well known advocate of Pacific Island Short film, has produced another fantastic line up of Polynesian theme short films. Encompassing Drama, comedy, experimental and documentary work, POLLYWOOD SIX08 has something for everyone.

Short films directed, written and featuring Nesian people. Celebrating our cultural identities, stories, thoughts and ideas, Pollywood is the only annual program of its kind here in New Zealand.

Craig Fasi has organized and curated Pollywood since 2000 while working with the Moving Image Centre, now MIC Toi Rerehiko. “I am constantly humbled by the support the program receives …. six years later the momentum of Pollywood couldnt be any stronger” says Mr Fasi.

Featuring 9 films that make up 80mins of interesting, insightful and educational work. Highlighting an archival piece from the Polynesian Christchurch based organization, “Pacific Underground” www.myspace.com/pacificunderground, the film “Nice Jacket” made in 2002 by Mishelle Muagututi’a and Pos Mavaega is an early account of the challenges faced by Pacific Island artists that is still relevant today.

Pollywood, for the first time, is screening an international work by Alex Munoz, www.fyifilms.org – a Los Angeles based director who’s 1 minute film directly relates to the celebration of one’s own culture, and reflects on what once was in modern day Guahan.

Thursday 20th March – 7.30pm
OTARA MUSIC AND ARTS CENTRE
Corner Newbury St and Bairds Rd / Otara
FREE entry

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