Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water engages contested sites of movement and memory spanning shifting lands and waters right across the Moananui a Kiwa, Kiwa’s Great Ocean. Contemporary art practice in still and moving image, sculpture, print and performance address artists’ concerns, including indigeneity, displacement, plantation colonisation, ecological shift, memory, healing, and cultural renewal.
This is the first exhibition project in Australia conceived and produced as trilingual Sāmoan-Māori-English from the outset, responding to local community languages. The lines of sight and intersection between works in Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water echo open-air vernacular architecture across the Moananui a Kiwa, emphasising connections through three overarching themes: Holding Bodies That Know; Unsettling the Plantations; and The Ancestors Return.
Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water, curated by Léuli Eshraghi, with artists Torika Bolatagici, Eric Bridgeman, Stevie Fieldsend, Chantal Fraser, Taloi Havini, Lisa Hilli, Cecilia Kavara Verran, Kirsten Lyttle, Latai Taumoepeau, Salote Tawale, Angela Tiatia, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, James Tylor, and translators Sotiaka Enari and Hēmi Kelly
Public programs over summer included opening performances by Matavai Cultural Arts and Grace Vanilau, opening speech by Maud Page, Deputy Director, QAGOMA, a panel discussion with artists and curator, chaired by Ruth McDougall, Curator, Pacific Art, QAGOMA, and public workshops in star weaving for the One Million Stars to End Violence project.
27 Taumafa-mua Whiringa-ā-Rangi November 2015-24 Toe-utu-vā Hui-tanguru February 2016, Kabul-dja Caboolture Regional Art Gallery