Le Folauga... the past coming forward
Contemporary Pacific Art from Aotearoa New Zealand
'Le Folauga represents the past, the present and the future. It means the voyage and the changes that occur along the way. It shows the movement towards the future and traveling in the direction of the current. Le Folauga has the sense of a flotilla moving together and forward.'
Le Folauga brings together sixteen Pacific artists who work with painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. Many have had substantial experience in presenting their work in exhibitions both within New Zealand and internationally. Their artworks on display here indicate that while traditional Polynesian design motifs inform some of these works, the varieties of both media and visual style reveals the diverse and energetic nature of their creative vision.
Since the 1980s, many Pacific artists have been developing their artistic vocations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Professional careers as practicing artists and as teachers have now become common. Senior artists such as Fatu Feu'u and Johnny Penisula have mentored the younger generation. Such collective processes of inter-generational support are occurring throughout New Zealand's community of Pacific artists.
Bottled Ocean was the first group exhibition to profile Pacific artists living in New Zealand, curated by Jim Vivieaere in 1994. That touring exhibition was influential for many people as it publicly revealed the extensive talent in the Pacific visual art scene. Le Folauga reveals the extensive evolution happening within contemporary Pacific art by representing a diverse group of New Zealand based artists. Their artwork is some of the most vital and expressive being created in New Zealand. This project is the first group exhibition focussing on Pacific artists resident in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Senior Curator, New Zealand and Pacific Art
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
「Le Folauga 代表過去、現在與未來，意謂著航行與航程中的轉折變化，是朝未來邁進、依現今方向前行的旅程。Le Folauga 具有一種意涵，即聚舟成隊、齊向前行。」強尼‧培寧蘇拉
“Le Folauga” 集結了十六位在繪畫、雕塑、攝影、錄像與裝置領域創作的太平洋裔藝術家，多位在紐西蘭及國際上已有豐富的展覽經驗。此次展出的作品顯示出：儘管部分作品仍以玻里尼西亞傳統的圖式紋樣為題材，但是媒材與視覺形式兩方面的多樣性卻揭示了這些藝術家們在創作視野方面具備了多元且精力充沛的本質。
《瓶中洋》(Bottled Ocean) 是首次推介居住在紐西蘭之太平洋裔藝術家的聯展，由吉姆‧維維亞雷在1994年策畫展出。這次巡迴展影響廣泛，因其向世人展現出太平洋視覺藝術界菁英輩出、人才濟濟。“Le Folauga” 所介紹的則是於紐西蘭發展、具多元面向的一群藝術家，藉此呈現發生於當代太平洋藝術的廣泛變革，他們的作品在紐西蘭最具活力與表現性的創作中皆佔有一席之地。本次在高雄市立美術館的展出計畫是台灣首次聚焦於定居在紐西蘭∕奧特亞羅瓦之太平洋裔藝術家的聯合展出。