This woman's work is a woman's worth
Thirteen years ago G Lazaro and NiaVal shared a very special journey. Together in a Mangere community centre with 40 women of Pukapukan descent (a small island atoll in the Northern part of the Cook Islands) NiaVal began a process of teaching, sharing and exchanging. The women, many of whom became their students, were the inspiration for this work: they hold numerous worlds as home-makers, mothers, wives, daughters, grandmothers but are also the backbone of their community.
Inspired by this journey, both these artists have come together to create an exhibition where G Lazaro’s work reflects the warrior spirit, an integral part of our lives, while NiaVal connects with the organic nature of the taro plantation through Glass Sculptures. This is where women cultivate, nurture and harvest the crops, not only in the field, but in the home and in society.
NiaVal’s work has been inspired by these women and in the process has collaborated with three male musicians, Masuni Semih Mutlu (Turkey) Jeremie Vahua (Tahiti/ Cook Island) and Danny Kaitamaki (Rarotongan) to orchestrate their musical talents in arranging and composing three musical pieces that create one narrative and one sound.
In addition, she has also invited director and dramaturge Dione Joseph to breathe movement into the work to create a contemporary dance piece performed on the opening and also viewed as a moving image work superbly digitalised by the skills of Mark Pulsford. This is a unique performance art installation and plantation of work that honours and invites you to join in our conversation.
The taro is ready, and the time to harvest is now.
Note Opening night live performance on 15 Oct begins at 6:00pm sharp. Please arrive by 5:30pm.
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