Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific
July 24 - September 29, 2013 at MOA
July 24 - August 31, 2013 at Satellite Gallery. Opening reception at Satellite Gallery 6:00pm - 9:00pm, August 8, 2013
Pacific Islands occupy a place in the Western imagination as a paradise filled
with idyllic beaches and lush, tropical landscapes inhabited by dusky
maidens. With historical precedents in the accounts of European
explorers, these perceptions were later re-invented and popularized by
Hollywood films in the 1920s through the ’50s. Contemporary artists from
the Pacific Islands frequently play with and invert such perceptions, and their
work provides an alternate, more complex vision of the region.
Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from
features works by artists from Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,
Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Working
in video, installation, sculpture, painting, and photography, the artists show
the Pacific Islands from an insider’s perspective. Their artworks explore
environmental concerns, cultural heritage issues, questions relating to the
experience of migration and diaspora, and the intersection of Indigenous belief
systems and Western religions.
The artists featured are George Nuku, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Greg Semu, Pax Jakupa Jr., Michael Timbin, Tom Deko, Cathy Kata, Shigeyuki Kihara, Ralph Regenvanu, Rosanna Raymond, Moses Jobo, Eric Natuoivi, and David Ambong.
Curated by Dr. Carol Mayer (Curator,
Africa/Pacific), and organized to coincide with the Pacific Arts Association
Symposium at MOA, the exhibition will feature works displayed throughout MOA’s
public spaces and at our downtown Satellite Gallery.
Image: Pax Jakupa, Sursab, 2008. Acrylic on canvas.