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Sun 9 May 2021, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 10 May 2021, 10:00am–4:00pm
Tue 11 May 2021, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 12 May 2021, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 13 May 2021, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Whangarei Art Museum, Town Basin, Dent Street, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: whangareiartmuseum

'Fafetu' is a major exhibition of work by Tuvaluan master artist Lakiloko Keakea, including 40 new works made between 2016-2018.

Exhibition Information:

This is the first major solo exhibition of Lakiloko’s work building on a practice of over five decades and is accompanied by a number of papa (plain mats) created by West Auckland based women’s group Fafine Niutao i Aotearoa of which Lakiloko is a member of.

'Fafetu' highlights and celebrates artforms that are valued and used within the living Tuvalu communities and cultural contexts in Aotearoa; but also creates an awareness and understanding of who Lakiloko and Fafine Niutao i Aotearoa are, and of the significant role these women play as makers maintaining a strong connection to their heritage and homeland through their artforms of kolose and weaving. It also seeks to revitalise and strengthen the transmission of the knowledge and making practices of these art forms for younger generations of Tuvalu women in Aotearoa.

Lakiloko Keakea’s fafetu are kaleidoscopic –mesmerising, brightly-lit, and filled with an array of extraordinary patterns. These works have been created using a mix of manufactured and natural materials including wool, synthetic ribbon, cloth ribbon, and plastic cargo ties. While Lakiloko takes a six or seven pointed star as her frame, again and again, no two pieces are identical –their interiors are each intricately singular and individual.

'Fafetu' is curated by Malama T-Pole, she is an advocate for Tuvalu art forms and a member of the Niutao Community Trust. The touring exhibition is presented by Objectspace, Auckland.

Image Credit: Fafetu, 2018, image courtesy of Objectspace.

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