In the Pacific, body adornment such as human hair, feathers, and ivory visually expressed social standing and thus were reserved for elite. In this exhibition, Grills, the Gold plating of teeth (nifo koula) is related to raising social status. Changing motivations situated nifo koula within the materiality of body adornment in the Pacific. Nifo koula has become an expression of identity for Tonga’s living in diaspora.
Saturday 7 June, 1pm: Sister Speak, Ane Tonga discusses her project to document Grills, the Tongan art of gold plating teeth, with her sister Nina Tonga, Assistant Curator (Pacific), Te Papa.
Friday 30 May, 5:30: Opening Performance by Sesilia Pusiaki, P.O.T. Productions
Opens 5.30pm on Friday 30 May 2014
Exhibition, 7 June – 28 June 2014.
Hours 10am – 5pm Tues-Fri, 12pm-4pm Sat
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Gus Fisher Gallery
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