Featuring Vinesh Kumaran, Ofa Mafi and Allen Vili
Curated by Ema Tavola
(L-R) Mafiwear by Ofa Mafi; Francis Falaniko | ASB Polyfest Project by
Vinesh Kumaran; Onesian by Allen Vili; Winnie Malaesala | ASB Polyfest
Project by Vinesh Kumaran
OPENING: 6-8pm, Thursday 14 May
EXHIBITION DATES: 15 May – 6 June 2009
PUBLIC PROGRAMME: Artists in conversation with Steven Ball: 12 – 1.30pm, Saturday 23 May
About the exhibition…
Streetwear designs from two Manukau artists, Ofa Mafi and Allen Vili,
will be on display at Fresh Gallery Otara during a new exhibition that
opens on 15 May. The South Style exhibition will display the designs
inspired by the fashion and style of Manukau youth.
A participant in last year’s Villa Maria Cult-Couture event, Ofa Mafi
explores modern clothing with screen-printed messages and labelling.
Allen Vili uses hoodies and other clothing as an unconventional canvas
to display his skill in spray-painting.
Also showing at Fresh Gallery Otara will be eight large-scale
photographs of Manukau youth showing off their personal style. The
striking images taken by Vinesh Kumaran
at this year’s ASB Polyfest capture the inspiration behind the exhibition.
Fresh Gallery Otara, Shop 5, 46 Fairmall, Otara Town Centre, Manukau