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A new group exhibition curated by Nigel Borell presents a fresh take on the legacy of Moana people and connection to place.

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Drawing inspiration from his hometown, Rawiri created a capsule collection titled ‘Happy Endings’ for his Fale-ship Residency in 2020. For ‘Oh My Ocean’ he developed ‘Happy Endings 2.0’, which includes three new pieces that encompass the tongue and cheek themes behind his Fale-ship. Experimenting with new materials and garments, Rawiri speaks to curator Nigel Borell about his practice, drawing inspiration from his home town of Ōtaki and his whānau.

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Ioane honours the powerful women in his aiga who are the inspiration behind his work ‘Matrix Malu’. Ioane’s installation is a portal into the matrix of an ancient language and culture where the malu (traditional Samoan female tatau) and her constellation of stars safely guide the va’a (canoe) through life – the va’a which symbolises the pe’a (traditional Samoan male tatau).

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Artist Spotlight: Chris Van Doren

For Chris’ installation in ‘Oh My Ocean’ he chose to share his workshop desk showcasing a selection of beautifully finished sculptures as well as works in progress. He explains that it’s an opportunity to activate the space and for people to get an insight into a sculptor’s ...

For Chris’ installation in ‘Oh My Ocean’ he chose to share his workshop desk showcasing a selection of beautifully finished sculptures ...

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Inspired by the story of her parents’ migration from Samoa to Aotearoa. Elisabeth speaks to Oh My Ocean curator Nigel Borell about the stop motion animation practice she has been exploring and developing over the last two years. She describes the importance of storytelling through her art, hoping her work continues intergenerational conversations about the malaga (journey) many have made from the Islands to many places across the globe.

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Oh My Ocean Catalogue

Check out the catalogue for Oh My Ocean here!

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We are excited to share a digital preview of our latest exhibition ‘Oh My Ocean,’ curated by Nigel Borell and showcasing works by Tautai Fale-ship 2020 recipients.

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Fakaalofa lahi atu! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Iata Peautolu!

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Talofa lava! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Sani Muliaumaseali’i!

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Fakaalofa atu! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Chris Van Doren!

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Tēnā koutou katoa! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Rawiri Brown

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Mālō le soifua! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Elisabeth Kumaran

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Talofa lava! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Fa’amele Etuale

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Mālō le soifua! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Ioane Ioane

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Meet the Artist: Keva Rands

Ni sa bula vinaka! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist, Keva Rands Keva Rands (Fiji, Hawaiʻi, Sāmoa and Tongareva) is a fashion designer and the creative mind behind Papa ...

Ni sa bula vinaka! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist, ...

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Artist Spotlight: Rawiri Brown

Drawing inspiration from his hometown, Rawiri created a capsule collection titled ‘Happy Endings’ for his Fale-ship Residency in 2020. For ‘Oh My Ocean’ he developed ‘Happy Endings 2.0’, which includes three new pieces that encompass the tongue and cheek themes behind his Fale-ship. Experimenting with new materials and garments, Rawiri speaks to curator Nigel Borell about his practice, drawing inspiration from his home town of Ōtaki and his whānau.

“For the exhibition I decided to make three new objects which I developed over last year but didn’t get time to make, so it was the perfect time to create those items for this exhibition. ‘Oh My Ocean’, I like the phrase being something very fun and contemporary which is something I’ve tried to include into my work, the ‘tongue and cheek’ sort of sense of humour and playfulness in the work so I like how those two correspond.”

RAWIRI BROWN

Video by NoSix
Watch the virtual tour from ‘Oh My Ocean’ here

@rawiribrown

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Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

Artist Spotlight: Ioane Ioane

Ioane honours the powerful women in his aiga who are the inspiration behind his work ‘Matrix Malu’. Ioane’s installation is a portal into the matrix of an ancient language and culture where the malu (traditional Samoan female tatau) and her constellation of stars safely guide the va’a (canoe) through life – the va’a which symbolises the pe’a (traditional Samoan male tatau).

“I introduced a tap, a water tap with a cowry shell, which to me personally symbolises the women members of my family, because we have strong female, mana wahine in our family. And that is to say, we should tap into this beautiful ancient language matrix…”

IOANE IOANE

Video by NoSix
Watch the virtual tour from ‘Oh My Ocean’ here

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Artist Spotlight: Chris Van Doren

For Chris’ installation in ‘Oh My Ocean’ he chose to share his workshop desk showcasing a selection of beautifully finished sculptures as well as works in progress. He explains that it’s an opportunity to activate the space and for people to get an insight into a sculptor’s workspace, hoping to encourage others to explore this medium. Chris reminisces of his early days with Tautai, sixteen years ago when he first became involved with the organisation, along with fellow exhibition artist Ioane Ioane. 

“What I was looking at was bringing my workshop into the show instead of having like a finished piece, just to get an idea of what I do and create, and just how my brain works, working on smaller pieces that could become larger scale works…”

CHRIS VAN DOREN

Video by NoSix
Watch the virtual tour from ‘Oh My Ocean’ here

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Artist Spotlight: Elisabeth Kumaran

Inspired by the story of her parents’ migration from Samoa to Aotearoa. Elisabeth speaks to Oh My Ocean curator Nigel Borell about the stop motion animation practice she has been exploring and developing over the last two years. She describes the importance of storytelling through her art, hoping her work continues intergenerational conversations about the malaga (journey) many have made from the Islands to many places across the globe.  

“What purpose can my art do for others and inspire others. So when they see the work, I hope that, especially if they come from a Pacific background, that they will see the work and be able to resonate with it. And especially if their parents or elders are still around, I would really love for them to go back and have that conversation” 

– Elisabeth Kumaran

Video by NoSix
Watch the virtual tour from ‘Oh My Ocean’ here

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Oh My Ocean Catalogue

Oh My Ocean: Virtual Tour

We are excited to share a digital preview of our latest exhibition ‘Oh My Ocean,’ curated by Nigel Borell and showcasing works by Tautai Fale-ship 2020 recipients.

‘Oh My Ocean’ is a light-hearted riff on the popular social media phrase ‘Oh My God’ (and its acronym OMG). The show’s name is a play on words, meaning and digital expression, but underneath the jest is a serious statement about Moana people and our integral relationship to the ocean as the centre of one’s world – of one’s identity. In this regard, it is a powerful reclamation of space and cultural renewal. 

We acknowledge the nine incredible artists that feature in ‘Oh My Ocean’: Rawiri Brown, Fa’amele Etuale, Ioane Ioane, Elisabeth Kumaran, Sani Muliaumaseali’i, Michel Mulipola, Iata Peautolu, Keva Rands, and Chris Van Doren. We would also like to acknowledge Nigel Borell, ngā mihi for your support in bringing this show to life. 

Stay tuned for Michel Mulipola’s work, which will be going up on the Moana Wall on East St soon! 

We can’t wait to share this incredible new exhibition with you all when are able to safely reopen. Until then, arohanui, stay safe.

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


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Meet the Artist: Michel Mulipola

Mālō le soifua! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist
Michel Mulipola!

Michel Mulipola is a Samoan comic book artist, pro wrestler and semi-pro gamer born and raised in Māngere, South Auckland. Michel is one of very few professional Pasifika comic artists. With a growing international fanbase, he enjoys sharing his practice with people from all over the globe. Michel has illustrated works for the WWE, Marvel Comics, 2K Games ANZ, SIS Show, Sky TV, Pasifika Heroes Books and NZ School Journals amongst many others.  

Michel’s work as a storyteller through the medium of comic making is seen as a contemporary continuation of the legacy of sharing stories; a vital facet of life across the Pacific. For his 2020 Fale-ship residency, Michel further developed comic-works for the O Le Aiga Samoa webcomics – the first-ever Samoan language comic. For the Oh My Ocean exhibition, Michel will be featuring a collection of works on Tautai’s 70m Moana Wall located on East Street. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


For further information please email us 
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Meet the Artist: Iata Peautolu

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist
Iata Peautolu!

Iata Peautolu is a Niuean (Fineone Hakupu Atua) and Māori (Te Whānau-a-Apanui) contemporary artist who expresses his identity through a variety of mediums and platforms. He has been involved in the performing arts as a Polynesian dancer for 20 years and currently performs with Tauira Mai Tawhiti kapa haka group at Matatini level. His creative practice includes painting, illustration, fashion and graphic design influenced by his urban upbringing in Hamilton and features a combination of imagery drawn from his dual heritage.  

The iconography in his body of work investigates migration and navigation practices from the Pacific, which he uses to develop his visual narratives. Through his work, Iata aims to showcase the beauty, strength, dignity and mana of his people through his own lens. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

Meet the Artist: Sani Muliaumaseali’i

Talofa lava! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist
Sani Muliaumaseali’i!

Aotearoa-born, Samoan art exponent Sani Muliaumaseali’i has appeared in opera and most forms of musical theatre, film, radio and television globally. He trained in operatic singing at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia under Harry Coghill. Sani has worked for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and others. As co-founder, artistic director and producer for London’s first Samoan arts collective, GAFA Arts Collective (2011), Sani has been prolific in re-shaping the traditional Western art genre to reflect Indigenous ancestral roots. 

Sani has written, produced, directed and composed multiple works under GAFA. For his 2020 Tautai Fale-ship Residency, Sani presented a stirring rendition of ‘Make Them Hear You’ from the musical Ragtime, recorded live from the relative safety of his bathroom. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


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Meet the Artist: Chris Van Doren

Fakaalofa atu! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist
Chris Van Doren!

Chris Van Doren is an artist of Niuean, Samoan and Dutch descent. With a background in panel beating, Chris uses his trade-taught skills in his multi-disciplinary sculptural practice, incorporating mediums such as copper, stainless steel, wood and stone. He holds a vast knowledge and skill for sculpting contemporary forms in both large and small-scale pieces that explore his Pacific heritage, traditional forms and motifs, and growing up in Aotearoa. 

Chris has taken part in numerous exhibitions and symposiums across the moana, where he has collaborated with indigenous artists from around the globe. Chris has been a three-time finalist in Aotearoa’s World of Wearable Arts; exhibited at Sculpture in the Gardens (2019); and participated in the Taitung Austronesian Cultural Festival in Taiwan (2009). Chris is currently a resident at the Pacifica Arts Centre in Henderson Auckland. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


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Meet the Artist: Rawiri Brown

Tēnā koutou katoa! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist
Rawiri Brown

Rawiri Brown (Ngāriki Kaiputahi, Ngāti Raukawa, Cook Island Māori) is a fashion and textile designer who has worked in the fashion industry for more than 15 years. His designs highlight the skilled craft and creative process involved in garment and textile making. Through his practice, Rawiri explores the relationship between design and textiles with nostalgia, humour and the ability to imbue meaning into everyday objects. For his 2020 Fale-ship, Rawiri developed his capsule collection Happy Endings,presenting garments that drew inspiration from his hometown Ōtaki and, in particular, the town’s motto “Sunny Ōtaki”, which is reflected in the collection’s tongue-in-cheek humour. 

As an independent designer, Rawiri has participated in various exhibitions and local collectives and often shows his designs in gallery settings. He has exhibited at Papatūnga Gallery, Objectspace and the Mairangi Art Centre.

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


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Meet the Artist: Elisabeth Kumaran

Mālō le soifua! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Elisabeth Kumaran

Elisabeth Kumaran is a New Zealand-born, Samoan (Vailele, Ulutogia, Aleipata, Vailoa Palauli) and Chinese visual artist. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from The University of Auckland majoring in Print Media and has exhibited in galleries and public spaces across Tāmaki Makaurau, including Objectspace, Fresh Gallery Ōtara and Nathan Homestead. Elisabeth is also a co-founder of the ManaRewa Arts Collective, an organisation that provides mentorship to visual artists who live in or have connections with Manurewa.  

Elisabeth’s creative practice is influenced by her Samoan heritage and an awareness of Samoan language and traditions is a core component of her work. Elisabeth primarily works with words to create work that uses Samoan and English languages. Her 2020 Fale-ship explored bilingual wordplay and consisted of a series of stop-motion animation videos. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


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Meet the Artist: Fa’amele Etuale

Talofa lava! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Fa’amele Etuale

Fa’amele Etuale is a contemporary jeweller and self-taught painter of Samoan and Chinese descent. Her work is based around identity, place, family and pivotal moments in her life. Through this approach, her jewellery and visual art explores the experiences of the Pacific diaspora in Aotearoa. Her works are like building bricks that tell stories of strength, humility and resilience, bridging the gap between her blood lines from Samoa and herself being born in Aotearoa. 

For Fa’amele’s 2020 Fale-ship, she painted a new work titled ‘The Promise’, depicting a scene of a father figure holding his children on his shoulders so they can see over a fence at the glistening and colourful Sydney cityscape. The father’s view is blocked by the fence, conveying that although he cannot see, he promises a bright future for his children. This alludes to Pacific migration to Australia and Aotearoa throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s and the promise of a better life.  

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


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Meet the Artist: Ioane Ioane

Mālō le soifua! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Ioane Ioane

Ioane Ioane is a Samoan (Magiagi, Faatoia, Manono and Puapua Savai’i ) multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting, installation and performance rituals. His work often acknowledges the spiritual and transitional nature of vā (the space between) as a place of transformation and becoming. 

After completing his studies in the ‘80s at Elam, Ioane has received worldwide recognition for his works, with pieces belonging to public and private collections across Aotearoa, England and the Pacific. He has also been awarded several arts prizes such as the Saatchi and Saatchi Art Awards and in 2005 and the Creative New Zealand Prize for Innovation and Excellence Art Award.  

For his 2020 Fale-ship Residency, Ioane looked at the significance of the pe’a and malu and how they are symbolically linked to spiritual welfare and health of Samoans. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


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Meet the Artist: Keva Rands

Ni sa bula vinaka! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist,

Keva Rands

Keva Rands (Fiji, Hawaiʻi, Sāmoa and Tongareva) is a fashion designer and the creative mind behind Papa Clothing. Established in 2014, Papa Clothing has grown from a home-based passion project, where her cutting table doubled as a dining table, to a full-time clothing brand with a studio in Avondale, Tāmaki Makaurau. Keva makes bespoke designs that use all-natural textiles and following sustainable practices. Through Papa Clothing, Keva is dedicated to creating inclusive and body positive clothing that is inspired by the women in her family and their connections to the Pacific.  

Keva’s 2020 Fale-ship highlights the kaupapa of her brand. With a focus on uplifting Queer and Pacific communities, Papa Clothing is dedicated to learning, developing skills and thinking of fresh ways to keep its practice sustainable. This is showcased through the choice of eco-friendly and sustainable materials and working alongside local production companies to create her designs. Check out more about Keva and her brand at papaclothing.co.nz  and at @papa_clothing.

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

Exhibition – Oh My Ocean

A new group exhibition curated by Nigel Borell presents a fresh take on the legacy of Moana people and connection to place. 

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presents Oh My Ocean, bringing together work developed by nine artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns. The exhibition, curated by Nigel Borell, is open from Saturday 30 October (or when Covid-19 alert levels permit after this date).

Oh My Ocean is a lighthearted riff on the popular social media phrase ‘Oh My God’, exclaimed in surprise, shock or amazement. The phrase is a play on words, meaning and digital expression, but underneath the jest is a statement about the integral connection between Moana people and the ocean as the centre of one’s world – of one’s identity.

Curator Nigel Borell says, “Much like the phrase, Oh My Ocean is an exuberant and fresh take on the legacy of Moana people and our connection to place. Moana artists offer their own exclamations and reclamations as expressions full of hope, ambition and sovereignty.”

“Amongst the shifting circumstances of the pandemic, these artists have shown how – even when creating in sustained isolation – we have innumerable connections.”

Oh My Ocean includes work by Rawiri Brown, Fa’amele Etuale, Ioane Ioane, Elisabeth Kumaran, Sani Muliaumaseali’i, Michel Mulipola, Iata Peautolu, Keva Rands and Chris Van Doren. Through a dynamic blend of media that reaches across comic book illustration, sculpture, installation art, digital media, textile design and performance, these artists tell stories that celebrate and share a Moana worldview.

All artists exhibiting in Oh My Ocean participated in Tautai’s Fale-ship programme, an initiative born of the Covid-19 lockdowns to support artists working across a range of artistic disciplines to develop and make work at home. It is the second of two group exhibitions showcasing Tautai’s Fale-ship artists.

“We’re excited to be rounding out Tautai’s full year of exhibitions with Oh My Ocean, the finale show by our 2021 guest curator Nigel Borell. This blockbuster offering provides urgent and sacred insight into the work of contemporary Tagata-Moana artists and the power of our community.”

Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director

Exhibition details:
Oh My Ocean
Saturday 30 October 2021 – Saturday 29 January 2022
Tautai Gallery, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central
Open 10am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday, 11am – 4pm, Saturdays

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