Saturday, October 4, 2008


Alexa Shaw

NIUE - NUKU TU TAHA is the next exciting exhibition opening at Fresh Gallery Otara, Manukau City tonight, Thursday 2 October.

Featuring: Arnette Arapai + Boswell Haiosi, Troy Jackson, Janet Lilo, Hili Mokalei, Cerisse Palalagi, Alexa Shaw, Lange Taufelila, Glenda Vilisoni, NIUE - NUKU TU TAHA acknowledges Niue Constitution Day (19 October) and runs from 3-25 October.

This is an exhibition of contemporary visual art about Niue and of Niue. The exhibition soundtrack is provided by two video works: one is the short film “Pa” by Arnette Arapai and Boswell Haiosi; a moving intergenerational interview with Roy Head aka Pa, about life and Niue – first screened in Pollywood Shorts Five 07 curated by Craig Fasi. The other is a video work by Janet Lilo, located in the window reflecting a large and important audience of Fresh Gallery Otara; young people.

Photography by Alexa Shaw documents a recent 8 month stay on Niue island and Glenda Vilisoni has traced her ancestry from New Zealand to Niue and Tonga – a beautiful acknowledgement in electric colour complimenting Troy Jackson’s delicate family portrait on chipboard.

Print artists, Cerisse Palalagi and Lange Taufelila have reinterpreted Niuean symbols and design and sculptor Hili Mokalei has employed polystyrene chilli bins and plaster to create the works that greet visitors to the Gallery.

Niue – Nuku Tu Taha is a cross-over exhibition to Pule Fakamotu, a group exhibition of Niuean artists responding to sovereignty curated by Cerisse Palalagi and Zora Feilo at Artstation, Ponsonby Road from 8 – 25 October. 

Pule Fakamotu features Samantha Atasani, Craig Fasi, Troy Jackon, Nick Kaio, Janet Lilo, Molly Pihigia & Falepipi he Mafola Niuean Weavers, Matafetu Smith, Lange Taufelila, Glenda Vilisoni and Maree Webster.

NIUE - NUKU TU TAHA opens TONIGHT at Fresh Gallery Otara - come one, come all!! 


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