Pupula Ma Nifo (2014)
Photography: Kerry Brown, A0 digital poster print
Adornments: Rosanna Raymond, Niwhai Tupaea
Materials: Eel Skin, Sword Fish Vertebrae, Perspex Beads, Seeds, Wild Boars Tusks, Wild Boar Jaw
This is an image from the first ever solo show i had in Aotearoa, Dead Pigs Don’t Grow On Trees, i couldn’t afford to produce digital photographic prints so did some posters…so this is a total one off opportunity specially for Le Malelega supporters…it was the last work i made in London with Kerry Brown…and end of an error..oops era….hehehehehehe…Would The Real Tusk Please Stand Up.
Sistar S’pacific aka Rosanna Raymond, an innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene as a long-standing member of the art collective the Pacific Sisters, and founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Raymond has achieved international renown for her performances, installations, body adornment, and spoken word. A published writer and poet, her works are held by museums and private collectors throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Raymond’s practice works with people, spaces and things to activate a dynamic relationship between them, to realise and reshape the ta-va duality. This is a choreographic process that extends beyond the frames of art, into both domestic routines and ritual protocols. It includes self-adornment and group enactments, activating space and collapsing time using the body and the genealogical matter.
A dynamic artist, her work is consistent in its celebration of Pasifika and the engagements it invokes and evokes; whether between museum collections and contemporary Pacific art or museums and urban spaces.
Solo exhibitions: Glass Walls Dark Seas, Dahlem Ethnological Museum, Berlin, Germany (2014); ‘Art and the Body’, Fiji National Museum, Suva, Fiji (2014); ‘Dead pigs don’t grow on trees’, Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland (2014)
Group exhibitions: SaVAge K’lub Room, APT8 Brisbane 2015-2016‘Made in Oceania’, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Kulturen Der Welt, Cologne (2013); ‘Towards the Morning Sun’, Campbelltown Arts Centre, (2013); ‘Niu Pasifik Warriors’, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2011); ‘Fashioning the Mana’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2010); ‘Pasifika Styles’, Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, UK (2009); Biennale of Sydney (with the Pacific Sisters) (2000); Pacific Wave Festival, Sydney (1998)