Recognising creative talent in the Pacific Island diaspora

Sydney Spheres November 23, 2009

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Sydney Spheres by Kalo Foleti

'Looking into an apartment from across the street' from the series, 'Sydney Spheres'


Don't Pacify Me November 12, 2009

Don’t Pacify Me

As I continue my search for artists is the realm of the Pacific, I came across an exhibition that was held earlier in the year in New Zealand called, “Don’t Pacific Me”.

don't pacify me

The exhibition brings together an impressive roll call of eighteen senior Pacific students from five Auckland art schools. The artists’ Pacific identity is explored through painting, photography, moving image, sculpture, design and installation. The artists include Cerisse Palalagi, Claudia Jowitt, David Sun, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Kalisolaite Uhila, Mele Mafile’o Uhamaka, Nooroa Tapuni, Pelenato Liufau, Paula Schaafhausen, Petelo Esekielu, Penitoa Finau, Samantha Atasani, Ahilapalapa Rands, Amanda Warwick, Ane Tonga, Siliga Setoga, Vaimoana Eves, Victoria Patea. The curator is Charmaine Ilaiu and the event is presented by the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.

It was exciting to stumble upon a collaborative of artists exploring Pacific Identity through various art forms and visual media.  However, as is with the majority of practising and emerging artists who’s work encompasses Pacific Islander themes, most of these works come from New Zealand.  That’s not a bad thing, in fact, New Zealand is a leader in it’s involvment in, and support of, Pacific Islander art practices.  Hopefully through the promotion of Pacific Islander themes here on Pacific Docs we will start to see more artists emerge in Australia and directly out of the islands.  Come on people, I know your out there, make yourself known and help promote and represent the creative talent within Pacific Islander communities.

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Princess Ashika Sinking – Tonga

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Transcripts Available: Tonga Royal Commission Inquiry into Sinking of Princess Ashika

The 37-year-old ferry, Princess Ashika,  sank on August 5 on a voyage from Nuku’alofa with the loss of 75 lives.  The majority of those lives belonged to women and children who slept below deck at the time of the tradgedy.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry has been told passengers were asked to bail out water from the deck of the Princess Ashika moments before it sank.

Full transcripts are available on each day’s hearing of the Tonga’s Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Sinking of the Princess Ashika. For a more detailed account and links to transcripts, visit PacificEyewitness.

Visual arts student Penitoa Finau’s final year presentation – giant 12-metre by three-metre photographic image featuring a striking image of people mourning those who died in the Princess Ashika ferry tragedy in Tonga.



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The (late) King catching some waves October 14, 2009

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Island King Surfs

Island King Surfs

I can’t help but be a little amused, and quite amazed at this photo of the late Kinga Taufa’ahau Tupou IV catching some waves.  At apparently over 500 lbs (227.27 kg’s), it seems he may just have been one of the heaviest surfers out there, and good on him for taking up the challenge and doing it so gracefully, in true Royal style.

I wonder if the new generation of Pacific King’s, Queens, Princes and Princesses are out and about and enjoying life’s simple pleasures?

There’s still hope for me to get up on that board!

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