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29 May 1992 —
28 June 1992

Tunga Ne Havilia e Ahua Afi – As the smoke of the fire is driven away

Tunga Ne Havilia e Ahua Afi – As the smoke of the fire is driven away, 1992 (installation view).
Tunga Ne Havilia e Ahua Afi – As the smoke of the fire is driven away, 1992 (installation view).
Tunga Ne Havilia e Ahua Afi – As the smoke of the fire is driven away, 1992 (installation view).
Tunga Ne Havilia e Ahua Afi – As the smoke of the fire is driven away, 1992 (installation view).
John Pule, Kia Fakaatu e hala ke fano ai au, 1992 (installation view). Oil on unstretched canvas. 2050mm x 1970mm.
John Pule, Ko e aho ne felevia a taua koe na e ne fakamanaia e Po, 1992 (installation view). Oil on unstretched canvas. 2490mm x 1720mm.
John Pule, Halahala, 1992 (installation view). Oil on unstretched canvas. 2460mm x 1760mm.
David Tutavaha, Alien Science I (left), Bottom white corner (right), 1991 (installation view). Acrylic on paper.
Jenny Tutavaha, Nukututaha, 1992 (installation view). Acrylic on unstretched canvas, diptych. 1750mm x 1845mm.
Glenda Visiloni, Ke liliu hake (ke motu) poke nonofo, 1992 (installation view). Mixed media on unstretched canvas, five panels.
Glenda Visiloni, Kia maligi, 1992 (installation view). Mixed media on unstretched canvas. 1280mm x 2000mm.
Sale Jessop, Mama and Papa said where to now boy?, 1992 (installation view). Acrylic and charcoal on paper. 745mm x 1010mm.
Sale Jessop, Haku Matua, 1992 (installation view). Acrylic and charcoal on paper. 660mm x 920mm.
Sale Jessop, Where have the children gone?, 1989 (detail). Charcoal, pencil and cibachrome on paper. 760mm x 1020mm.
Lape Tulisi, Ko e ha maua matua, 1992 (installation view). Acrylic on paper. 1245mm x 1980mm.
Lape Tulisi, Ko e ha maua matua, 1992 (installation view). Acrylic on paper. 1245mm x 2140mm.
Palalagi Manetoa, Chair, 1992 (installation view).
Palalagi Manetoa, Lamp, Futurist design, c.1992 (installation view). Wood, aluminium.
Palalagi Manetoa, Lamp, Futurist design, c.1992 (installation view). Wood, aluminium.

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Works by contemporary Niuean artists

With assistance from the South Pacific Arts Committee of Te Waka Toi and in conjunction with the Pakuranga Community Centre.

This exhibition brings together a selection of recent works by contemporary Niuean artists currently working in Auckland and Manukau City.

The artists include Sale Jessop, Palalagi Manetoa, John Pule, Lape Tulisi, David Tutavaha, Jenny Tutavaha, and Glenda Visiloni.

The exhibition will be the first time that a group of works by contemporary Niuean artists will have been brought together to assess and acknowledge their current achievements.

This group of early career artists are currently making a significant contribution to contemporary artmaking.

A couple of these artists such as John Pule and Sale Jessop have exhibited more widely in exhibitions throughout the country. But as a group, as they work, they have not yet had the opportunity to present their work together in a gallery venue.

Many of the artists derive the motifs of their work from various sources as John Pule remarked, ‘The symbols and motifs you see in my works are my own personal and collective substances deriving from a religious and poetic foundation, formed, swirled, gathered and electrified from studying the intelligence of Polynesian and Melanesian tapa.’

Ephemera

Press release – Tunga Ne Havilia e Ahua Afi, 1992
Exhibition card – Tunga Ne Havilia e Ahua Afi, 1992