FALE-SHIP: Ioane Ioane

Fale-ship | Ioane Ioane
Fale-ship | Ioane Ioane

Talofa lava! Introducing Ioane Ioane!

Samoan | Magiagi, Faatoia Upolu and Puapua Savai’i
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa

Ioane is a Samoan multi-disciplinary artist living in Tāmaki Makaurau. His work is informed by his Samoan heritage and includes performance, film, painting, installation and sculpture. Ioane has won a number of significant arts awards throughout his career and his works are held in both private and public collections.

“I would describe my works or my mahi as things that occur in the space between. We all have or desires and fears and aspirations and challenges and when you go to exhibition you only see the glamour bit of it… but there’s a lot of discipline, hard work, hard mahi and sacrifices that goes in the lives of artists and that’s good to share that with people.”

Ioane Ioane

The concept surrounding Ioane’s Fale-ship is the significance of the Pe’a and Malu. In addition to this, the importance of one’s aiga. During his Residency his niece received her Malu and his mother celebrated her 90th birthday. Ioane documented these notable events to convey how they have informed his creative process throughout the weeklong Residency.

“The Malu and Pe’a are symbolically linked to the mental and spiritual welfare/health of Samoans. The constellation of stars of the malu and the vessel of the pe’a births the holistic matrix of life.”


Watch Ioane’s short film which takes us on a personal journey into his life as an artist, father, uncle and loving son. He records his artistic process, from early sketches to the final product. We see beautiful images from his niece’s malu ceremony in Samoa, one of the people he has dedicated his Fale-ship to. Ioane also includes a mini vlog of his week, from exercising to spending time with his loved one’s and planning his mother’s 90th – to whom he also dedicated his Residency to.


Q+A Talanoa

Ioane and Lonnie sit down and talk in depth about what inspires him and his work.


Lonnie “What is inspiring you right now?”

Ioane“Would be my mother. But she’s always been a support, supporting mechanism for me and my brothers… so a lot of the mahi that I am doing, like I was talking to you about the concept of the malu. I see the malu as a constellation of stars that guide the waka and the waka is symbolic of our men who have the helm of it tattoed on their body, the pe’a. So the men are the waka and they need the stars to guide them towards their destination. Our mother was like that for us and still is.”

Talanoa Q+A facilitated by:
Multi-disciplinary artist
Samoan | Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri and Ngāi Tahu)
Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa

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