'Don't /Pacify/ Me' at St Paul St Gallery in Auckland

The 'Don't /Pacify/ Me'
25 June -10 July 2009
St Paul St Gallery, Auckland Central

Image: Ahilapalapa Rands, /Getting Closer /2009, installation,
photography and found objects

Cutting-edge works with a strong sense of identity will be the focus of
the upcoming exhibition 'Don't /Pacify/ Me' at St Paul St Gallery
(School of Art & Design, AUT) in Auckland city.
Presented by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, the exhibition
brings together an impressive roll call of eighteen senior Pacific
students from five Auckland art schools.

Curator Charmaine 'Ilaiu, a young Tongan graduate architect, has
selected work by art students from Auckland University of Technology
(AUT), Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), Unitec, the University of
Auckland and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Curating the show has turned out to be a unique opportunity for
Charmaine to explore the current condition and direction of contemporary
Pacific art.

Explored through painting, photography, moving image, sculpture, design
and installation, 'Don't /Pacify/ Me' presents "a wider palette than
what is currently understood thematically and to some extent,
aesthetically, as Pacific art," explains Charmaine.

"Their loaded messages implore us not to make assumptions but first give
them space to demarcate an artistic existence that is then to be
reckoned with", says Charmaine. 

For AUT's St Paul St Gallery, one of the leading university galleries in
New Zealand, Pacific art is having a growing presence in their programme
and they have dedicated their Gallery One and Two spaces for the exhibition.

The exhibition also ties in with Tautai Trust's ongoing objectives to
support young artists.

"Our aim has been to provide students with an opportunity to gather
together and form broader support networks with their peers. It also
introduces them to the wider Tautai community and networks," says Tautai
manager, Christina Jeffery.

The 'Don't /Pacify/ Me' exhibition opens on 25 June and runs until 10 July.

Curated by Charmaine 'Ilaiu | Presented by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
The Artist Floor Talk features guest commentator Nina Tonga, lecturer from the University of Auckland


Exhibition dates:                      25 June -- 10 July 2009
Opening:                                 Thursday 25 June, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Artist Floor talk:                       Saturday 27 June, 1pm -- 3pm
Gallery opening hours:            Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm,
                                                Saturday: 12pm to 4pm
Where:                                    St Paul St Gallery, 40 St Paul  St, Auckland Central
Website:                                  www.stpaulst.aut.ac.nz

Artists in the exhibition:

Samantha Atasani
Petelo Esekielu
Vaimoana Eves
Penitoa Finau
Claudia Jowitt
Jeremy Leatinu'u
Pelenato Liufau
Cerisse Palalagi
Victoria Patea
Ahilapalapa Rands
Paula Schaafhausen
Siliga David Setoga
David Yenzhi Sun
Meluanooroa Tapuni
Ane Tonga
Kalisolaite 'Uhila
Mele Mafile'o 'Uhamaka
Amanda Warwick

For further information, please contact:
Christina Jeffery, Manager, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

T: 021 373 402
E: manager@tautai.org
W:  www.tautai.org