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Eleven artists show work in themed event

Friday January 04, 2019 Written by Published in Culture

Eleven artists are set to take part in a local art exhibition tomorrow at the newly-built Tavioni Gallery and Vananga located on the back road at Atupa.


The inaugural group exhibition, called the “Native of 2020” starts at 3pm and will run until January 11.

The contributing artists’ whose work will be showcased at this exhibition are Michael (Mike) Tavioni, Josh Baker, Fe’ena Syme-Buchanan, Croc, Numangatini F Mackenzie, Ani O’Neill, Sebastian Paoa, Tangi Taime, Pouarii Tanner, Awhitia Tavioni and Sam Thomas.

“Each of these painters, carvers, strategists, photographers and filmmakers, have their own unique connection to Rarotonga.

“Their contemporary perspectives provide fresh insight on our island, the wider pacific and beyond,” said a statement from the organisers.

“‘Native of 2020’ is the title of a poem by Michael Tavioni, first published in his poetry collection, “Speak Your Truth”, in January 2002. The poem questions who is “native” and considers the various influences that wash over our shores, predicting globalisation’s infinite reach.

“Like Tavioni’s poem the artworks in ‘Native of 2020’ give us a vaka to navigate the contemporary Pacific and guide our voyage in it,” the statement said.

The organisers thanked sponsors Rarotonga Brewery and Atiu Iced Coffee for making the event possible.