Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Home AKL Seminar: Why Pacific Art Now?
This coming Sunday (19 August), there will be a Home AKLsymposium and book launch
Artists of Pacific heritage have been making art in Auckland for five decades. Home AKL reflects the significance of their contribution and traces creative exchanges between generations.
Following migration across the Pacific Ocean, artists looked to the past, to memories of life in their homelands, long-practised art forms and the effects of diaspora. Today they look to the present and the future while maintaining strong connections with the past.
The idea of 'home' shifts with every decade and this book illustrates how responses to place and belonging change. Including the work of 29 artists and collectives whose heritage derives from the Cook Islands, Fiji and Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu, Home AKL is an important introduction to contemporary Pacific art.
The book will retail at $40.