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Highlights from our SALTWATER / Interconnectivity opening held on Thursday 15 October at TAUTAI Gallery with our beautiful arts community and family!

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SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Telly Tuita talks about the pride of seeing Pacific arts and artists flourishing in Aotearoa.

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Fakaue lahi to everyone who came through to support, witness and celebrate an incredible exhibition SALTWATER / Interconnectivity. Check out photo’s from the opening here!

 

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Meet the Curators: Introducing the co-curators of our current exhibition, Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo and Giles Peterson!

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Performances: For Artweek 2020 Tautai will be showcasing three performances which highlight the essence of the current exhibition SALTWATER/Interconnectivity.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: First Nations digital artist and filmmaker Gutiŋarra was born deaf, his art represents a powerful and positive message of living with disability.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: The work of Te Ara Minhinnick centres around the alliances of people, space, and  place, stemming from her Ipu Karea – the ancestral homelands of her Iwi, Ngāti Te Ata.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Shawnee Tekii uses art as a tool to create social engagement. Often tackling the political issues that surround the community.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Peter Elavera’s style of work is a fusion of pop art, street graffiti art, elements and principles of graphic design, symbolism, patterns and fine arts.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Samoan artist Katharine Losi is drawn to practices centred around healing and ritual, promoting the use of indigenous and creative methodologies.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: A Tongan multi-disciplinary artist never afraid to experiment and develop his practice, beautifully combining tradition with the contemporary.

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Exhibition runs until January 30, 2021. Open Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm

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Artis Spotlight: Telly Tuita

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Telly Tuita talks about where culture is rooted and the pride of seeing Pacific arts and artists flourishing in Aotearoa.

“Memory is such a powerful thing. I could have the sad story of – I was taken away from my culture, I was taken away from Tonga… but I think if culture is strong enough it will never leave you and as you can see, you are the culture.”

– Telly Tuita

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity is on at Tautai Gallery till 30 January, 2021


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Opening Night: SALTWATER / Interconnectivity

Highlights from our SALTWATER / Interconnectivity opening held on Thursday 15 October at TAUTAI Gallery with our beautiful arts community and family!

Curated by Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo & Giles Peterson

Featuring: Shawnee Tekii, Peter Elavera, Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Te Ara Minhinnick, Telly Tuita & Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo

Opening Night Performances by: 4 Thaa Kulture, LALO & Rosanna Raymond

Video by No Six


SALTWATER / Interconnectivity runs until January 30, 2021
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm


For more information please email us.
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Photo Gallery: SALTWATER / Interconnectivity

Fakaue lahi to everyone who came through on Thursday night to support, witness and celebrate an incredible exhibition!

Check out the photo gallery’s below!

‘SALTWATER / Interconnectivity’ is such a special show and we acknowledge Katharine and Giles for their vision and bringing together this group of talented artists. To Telly, Te Ara, Shawnee, Peter, Kat and Gutiŋarra, we are so honoured to have each of your works in the gallery.

Fa’afetai tele lava to everyone who made Thursday such a special night. A huge shout out to the extraordinary performers – Fili and Noah from 4TK, Ankaramy and the LALO crew and Rosanna Raymond.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe to the community for coming out and sharing in the celebrations with us, this space is for you and we hope to see you all again soon!

“SALTWATER/Interconnectivity foretells Tautai’s ongoing commitment to artists from Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. Presenting an understanding of reality in the present – within urban and sacred realms: the ever-flowing Moana/Solwara connects us all.”

– Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director


All Photos by Isoa Kavakimotu


SALTWATER / Interconnectivity is on at Tautai Gallery till January 30, 2021
Gallery Hours: 11am – 4pm


For further information please email us
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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Meet the Curators

Meet the Curators

Introducing the co-curators of our current exhibition, Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo and Giles Peterson!

The pair have transformed the Tautai Gallery to embody the Moana/Solwara worldview with their show SALTWATER/Interconnectivity

Video by NoSix


SALTWATER / Interconnectivity is on at Tautai Gallery until January 30, 2021
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

SALWATER/Interconnectivity: Performances

Performances

For Artweek 2020 Tautai will be showcasing three performances which highlight the essence of the current exhibition SALTWATER/Interconnectivity.

Featuring: Sistar S’pacific aka Rosanna Raymond, 4TK (4 Tha Kulture) and LALO

Artweek | Rosanna Raymond
Rosanna Raymond Photographed by Jermaine Dean

An innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene, a long-standing member of the art collective Pacific Sisters, and founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Raymond’s practice works with people, spaces and things to acti.VA.te a dynamic relationship between them, to realise and reshape the ta-va duality.

Artweek | 4TK
4TK (4 Tha Kulture)

South Auckland based indigenous environmentalist group of youth who are committed to advocating against climate change through the lens that considers minorities.
We rise for and ride out 4 Tha Kulture

Artweek | LALO
LALO

Humiliation in return for Forgiveness.
Accept it or not.
LALO (below) takes you through the Samoan custom ‘Ifoga’. A formal apology where one seeks forgiveness from another by bowing down and humbling themselves. The offender appears covered in an ‘ie toga’ (fine mat). The only way forgiveness is granted is if the victim lifts the ‘ie toga from the offender.

Artweek | Performances
Artweek 2020

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity, 15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

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Meet the Artist: Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

First Nations digital artist and filmmaker Gutiŋarra was born deaf, his art represents a powerful and positive message of living with disability.

Gutiŋarra‘s work is in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu (b. 1997, lives and works in Yirrkala, NT, Australia) is an Indigenous artist of the Gumatj clan, Yirritja moiety, and Buymarr homeland, working with film and digital media to capture the stories of his kin. Despite being deaf since birth he has managed to overcome many barriers. From 2015 he
has worked at The Mulka Project in Yirrkala, as a Project Officer and filmmaker, often travelling out to Yolŋu homelands where he regularly films cultural ceremonies and events.

SALTWATER/Interconnectivity |  Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu
Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Gurruṯu’mi Mala (My Connections) – 2019


Gutiŋarra was awarded the 2019 Telstra NATSIAA Multimedia Award for his 6k filmwork Gurruṯu mi’ mala (My Connections) which demonstrates his connections to his people and his country through the Yolŋu kinship-system of gurruṯu. In this
artwork he reveals his position in the world of gurruṯu through his first language, barrkuŋu waŋa (language from a distance) Yolŋu sign language. Gurruṯu’mi mala was also exhibited at AGSA as part of Tarnanthi 2019 and has received great interest due to the fascinating concept underlying this art piece and his history as a film maker and artist. 2019 was an exceptional year for Gutiŋarra as he was also a finalist for the NT Young Australian of the Year Awards.

“Gurruṯu’mi Mala demonstrates my connections to my family, my people and my country through the Yolŋu kinship system of gurruṯu. Gurruṯu not only links me to my clan and my homeland, but to all clans and their homelands. Gurruṯu dictates my connections and relationships to all Yolŋu… past, present and future.”

– Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu
Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu Tautai
Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

Gutiŋarra Online:
Instagram: The Mulka Project

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity, 15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

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Meet the Artist: Te Ara Minhinnick

Te Ara Minhinnick

Multi-disciplinary artist Te Ara draws from her Ipu Karea in her practice, making art using the natural materials from the waterways that surround her home in Waiuku.

Te Ara’s work is in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Mehemea ka pātai mai koe ki ahau;


“He aha Te Awa o Waikato ki a koe?”


Māku e kī atu, he rite tonu ki te toto o ōku tūpuna.

Te Ara Minhinnick Tautai
Te Ara Minhinnick

The work of Te Ara Minhinnick centres around the alliances of people, space, and  place, stemming from her Ipu Karea – the ancestral homelands of her Iwi, Ngāti Te Ata. Te Ara emphasises a responsibility in this by employing methods of practice  that offer ‘wayfinding’ vessels into the contemporary realities of Mātauranga Māori.  

Te Ara grew up often scolded by her aunties for playing bull rush out the front of  her Marāe in Waiuku. She is a Kohanga and Kura Kaupapa Māori pēpi. Who is now,  currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College. Most recently,  Te Ara facilitated a series of wānanga for her first solo show titled TAU (to find grounding) at Audio Foundation. 

SALTWATER/Interconnectivity | Te Ara Minhinnick
Te Ara Minhinnick

Te Ara Online:
Website: tearaminhinnick.com | Instagram: te__ara

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity, 15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

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Meet the Artist: Shawnee Tekii

Shawnee Tekii

Interactive, bold and political are just a few of many words one can use to describe Shawnee’s graphic design practice.

Shawnee’s work is in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

SALTWATER/Interconnectivity | Shawnee Tekii
Shawnee Tekii, Goods 4 Sale – 2019

Shawnee Tekii uses art as a tool to create social engagement. Often tackling the political issues that surround the community. The digital age plays a large role in underpinning her practice. Shawnee’s work is often influenced by mainstream media and through the use of bold aesthetics and Instagram worthy graphics, she aims to communicate her political agenda directly to audiences of her generation. Her work encourages the use of mobile phones to either document or activate deeper conceptual content. She often draws inspiration from graphic design in advertising and branding – resulting in bold, attention seeking works.

“The development of social media and data configuration has influenced how we react, think, move and perceive the world.”

Shawnee Tekii
Shawnee Tekii Tautai
Shawnee Tekii

Shawnee Online:
Website: shawneetekii.com | Instagram: shawneetekii

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity, 15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

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Meet the Artist: Peter Elavera

Peter Elavera

Social activism and political injustice are central themes in this PNG artist’s mural works.

Peter’s work is in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Peter Elavera’s style of work is a fusion of pop art, street graffiti art, elements and principles of graphic design, symbolism, patterns and fine arts.

He is currently a leader in modern contemporary urban street art in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). His artwork incorporates social activism statements on issues of injustice, inequality and conservation of the natural environment. His interest in harnessing the potency of street art, and enhancing its application started in 2007.

Peter and his ‘Kamilion Art Crew’ – 2019
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity | Peter Elevera
Peter Elavera, Unity Wall – 2018

“UNITY WALL mural art encapsulates the political, economic and social narratives of PNG in its short accounted history”

Peter Elavera

Recently, Peter and his crew, known as the Kamilion Art Krew (KAKS), completed a massive sports stadium wall mural, measuring 769m in circumference in Port Moresby. The sports stadium, known locally as Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, took them 12-months to complete (October of 2018 – October 2019).

Currently Peter and his crew are working on an 800m long sea-wall mural project, in Port Moresby, under the theme, Radioactive Ocean. It brings awareness to conservation of ocean and marine life.

Peter received his art and design mentoring at the Creative Arts Faculty of the University of Papua New Guinea, and graduated in 1996, majoring in Graphic Design.

Peter Elavera Tautai
Peter Elavera

Peter Online:
Facebook: Peter Elavera | Instagram: freewestpapua

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity, 15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

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Meet the Artist: Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo

Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo

Samoan artist Katharine Losi is drawn to practices centred around healing and ritual, promoting the use of indigenous and creative methodologies.

Katharine Losi’s work is in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

feso’ota’i atu

po, po, po,
manava i totonu; 

may this space light the fire within you that has been extinguished, 
may your peace that’s been disrupted find harmony in all living things, 
may your tino, mafaufau, and agaga feel held, 

I invite you to just be in this space of interconnectedness; 
remember, navigate, reflect, meditate, thank,
manava i totonu; 
exchange your love, your rage, your energy, your joy, your distaste, your healing; 
share what you must with the Moana. 
They will be returned with what you pour into them. 

we are connected, we are profound, we are resilient, we are powerful, 
manava i totonu; 
po, po, po.

Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo Tautai
Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo

Katharine Losi is a devoted daughter, sister and godmother with a beautiful vessel that houses her resilient soul, powerful heart and unshakeable spirit…  that’s on PERIYAD! Her social art practice is an evolving ecosystem of Moana healing methodologies, spirituality, community engagement and is grounded in unconditional love. By confronting cultural norms, societal expectations and systematic oppressions; Katharine Losi uses her lived experiences to create an alternative way of operating and living in our everyday. CHE CHE CHEEHOO! 

Katharine Losi Online:
Facebook: Katharine Atafu-Mayo | Instagram: kattymayo

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity, 15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

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Meet the Artist: Telly Tuita

Telly Tuita

A Tongan multi-disciplinary artist never afraid to experiment and develop his practice, beautifully combining tradition with the contemporary.

Telly’s work is in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Telly Tuita was born in Tonga in 1980 and immigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1989. In 2017, Telly immigrated to Lyall Bay, Wellington, NZ. Telly has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Western Sydney University, a Bachelor of Art Education from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters in Special Education through the University of Sydney. Telly has been and a High School art teacher, a Special education teacher and an Assistant Principal at Green Square School primary school and community centre (2015 – 2017).

Telly Tuita Tautai
Telly Tuita

After working in education Telly returned to art making, full time. Telly Tuita’s art practice encompasses painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photo media and performance. He has exhibited in exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand, and has work in the collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Telly’s installation titled I LEFT MY HEART IN TONGPOP showcases ten years of a body of work that carries the spirit of Oceania.

“I collect items and iconography that connect with personal narratives and idealised views of places from the past.”

Telly Tuita
Telly Tuita | Interconnectivity
TongPop Wanga 1, 2019 – Digital Print

Telly Online
Instagram: @tellytuita

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity, 15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

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Exhibition: SALTWATER/Interconnectivity

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity

Tautai Gallery is transformed to embody the Moana / Solwara worldview

Co-curators Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo and Giles Peterson have transformed the Tautai Gallery to embody the Moana/Solwara worldview with SALTWATER/Interconnectivity on until January 30, 2021.

Peterson references the late Teresia Teaiwa, ‘she summed it up so well – we sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood – this is the key ingredient for the building blocks of life, it’s also the essence of who we are and captures the incredible journey of navigating the Moana / Solwara.’ Atafu-Mayo and Peterson understand fully the flow of life, the two first meeting as teacher and student. ‘I taught Kat but I find myself learning so much from her, it really has been quite incredible, she’s amazing,’ he says of their collaboration.

The six exhibiting artists are drawn from Aotearoa and across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa; – Peter Elavera, Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo, Te Ara Minhinnick, Shawnee Tekii, Telly Tuita and Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu. Their lived experiences magnified through the largeness of the exhibition.

‘We’re using a grand scale to highlight its focus from our incredible artists and that will be apparent to those visiting the show,’ says Peterson and Atafu-Mayo. The curators are excited that the show’s narratives around social justice, equity, gender and sexuality identity, climate change, language diaspora and ancestral knowledge are viewed uniquely through a Moana / Solwara worldview.


SALTWATER / Interconnectivity runs until January 30, 2021
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

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