Tautai invites tertiary students studying within a creative discipline, who are of Pacific heritage to participate in its national tertiary exhibition which will open at St Paul St Gallery, AUT Auckland in July 2018.
The 2018 Tautai Tertiary exhibition will be curated by Rosanna Raymond – artist, curator, researcher and founder of the SaVAge K’lub. Rosanna is also a long standing member of the Pacific Sisters, an art collective that was formed in the early 1990s to evolve a Pacific voice for Aotearoa New Zealand art through a repertoire of avante garde art performances and large scale fashion events. In 2016 Rosanna curated Ata Te Tangata, a survey exhibition of photographers of Māori and Pasifika heritage for the Pingyao International Photography Festival, and in 2017 she was awarded a Chester Dale Fellowship to undertake research in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Rosanna would like students to consider the following when they put forward their submissions:
We now live in the times known as the Anthropocene, scientists have officially declared the impact of humans on our planet ecologies. Politically the far right is on the rise, with open racism and hate crimes playing out on the streets around the world. Socially the gap between ‘the haves and the have nots’ is widening. The effects of colonialism are still tangible in many communities, with loss of language, lands and cultural practice. Equal rights are still an issue in regards to gender and diversity. What are you as an artist contributing to the current POLYtical environment. Does politics have a place your art practice, what does art and activism look like through a Pacific lens.
It’s time to let us know your beliefs, not only to say something but to inspire social change….politics is not just for the Beehive or the politicians, protest is not just about placards and marches. Use the power of art – using any media – painting, sculpture, photography, moving image, fashion, live art, heritage arts…and then what?
Submissions are open to current students and those who studied in 2017 and should include:
A short paragraph of your work
2 – 3 examples of your work
Rosanna is also available for studio visits across the below dates so register your interest now to book.
Auckland: 5th and 6th of March.
Wellington: 19th – 30th March.
Email your interest by March 30th to firstname.lastname@example.org.