Ebbing Tagaloa

Hosted by Fresh Gallery Otara

An exhibition by Paula Schaafhausen in collaboration with Ole Maiava and Daren Kamali

This exhibition is to highlight issues of global warming, specifically in the Pacific Ocean. This issue is a daily struggle faced by many low lying islands across Oceania due to rising sea levels.

The “Tagaloa” (god of the ocean) will be molded figures made from coconut oil, koko Samoa and sand. The coconut oil and koko Samoa are fragrant and practical materials, used daily in tropics. The sand references the land and sea that links all of Oceania. The figures will be placed on custom made trays that represent the five main Kiribati islands, which are one of the endangered low lying islands in the Pacific.

PUBLIC PROGRAMME

12 – 2pm, Saturday 28 February
Artist talk with Paula Schaafhausen, Ole Maiava and Daren Kamali.

7 -9pm, Saturday 14 March
Savour the sweet scent of koko Samoa as the exhibition melts to a close with special performances by Samoan Multimedia artist, Ole Maiava and Fijian poet, Daren Kamali.

Presented as part of the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival White Night programme.

Thursday, January 29
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Fresh Gallery Otara
5/46 Fairmall
Otara Town Centre
Auckland
New Zealand

For further enquiries, please contact the gallery on 09 261 8030 or email [email protected]