Tauhi Vā, The Art of Scio-Spatial Relations

Image credit: Vea Mafile’o

Tauhi Vā is the latest group exhibtion of Auckland-based Tongan Artists’ collective No’o Fakataha. It explores the ways they and invited guests – tend relationships with people, and through art, across time and space. The resulting works, many of which feature decorated barkcloth (ngatu), give material form to socio-spatial relations.

Tauhi Vā is curated by Dr Billie Lythberg with Tui Emma Gillies and features works by artists, Sam Afu, Tanya Edwards, Lu’isa Fonua, Tui Emma Gillies, Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows, Tevita Havea, Tomui Kaloni, Emily Mafile’o, Vea Mafile’o, Maui’atalanga Ofamo’oni, ‘Ahota’e’iloa Toetu’u and Benjamin Work.

Public Programme:

2 September – Saturday, 3 September
10am – 5pm,
Artist Tanya Edwards returns to the gallery to complete the Tongan “ngatu”

11am – 1pm, Saturday 13 September
Presentations lead by Dr. Billie Lythberg and Dr Phyllis Herda (University of Auckland) with No’o Fakataha artists and special guests, to discuss the ongoing legacy of 18th century Tongan arts and a forthcoming international project on this topic.

For more information, please contact Nicole Lim on 09 261 8030 or [email protected]

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