Members of the FAFSWAG Arts Collective and COVEN performance Arts Collective have been invited to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Moku Pacific HQ in London to present a series of our interactive Documentaries and the short video work entitle FEMSLICK. This project will see artist Pati Solomona Tyrell, Cypris Afakasi, Jermaine Dean, Akashi Fisi’inaua and Tanu Gago present their work to a new audience and share stories from the interactive documentary series entitled FAFSWAGVOGUE.COM, created with support from NZ on AIR, Piki Films and RESN and launched earlier this year at the Auckland Art Gallery.
CENTRE POMPIDOU | PARIS
In 1969, President Georges Pompidou decided that the vacant site of the Plateau Beaubourg should be used for the construction of a multidisciplinary cultural centre of an entirely new type. The decision gave new impetus to a number of different projects that would now be united in the new centre, with the establishment of a new public reading library in the centre of Paris, the provision of worthy premises for the musée national d’art moderne (MNAM), inadequately housed in one of the wings of the Palais de Tokyo, and the creation of a centre for new music (the IRCAM) inspired by the ideas of French composer Pierre Boulez. In addition to this, the new centre would take over the activities of the centre d’art contemporain in the rue Berryer while also incorporating François Mathey’s team from the musée des Arts Décoratifs, who had developed a dynamic programme of exhibitions of contemporary art.
MOKU PACIFIC HQ | LONDON
Connecting our Pacific Arts communities in the UK and abroad
In*ter*is*land Collective is a hub for Pacific Island arts and culture in London.
Our collective is made up of artists, cultural practitioners, curators and community workers from our vibrant community of Pacific Island people living in London and Europe as well as many groups and individuals who pass through.
Our primary aim is to establish and foster relationships between people of Moana Nui a Kiwa (Oceania), strengthening our connections across our oceans and islands. In addition to this we produce events and secure spaces for Pacific Island arts and culture, and provide space for community gatherings. Founded by Jo Walsh, Lyall Hakaraia, Jessica Papalangi and Ahilapalapa Rands, our group of artists, curators and community organisers weave and connect to a network of creative practitioners from around the Pacific including but not limited to Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Rapanui (Easter Island), Tonga, Sāmoa and the Dreamtime (Australia)
RFL | REI FOUNDATION LIMITED
We are extremely proud to be working with the Rei Foundation to embark on this journey across the world and to be sharing our Pacific stories with new audiences. This opportunity is a career milestone and significant moment as people from Oceania and the Pacific diaspora living in Aotearoa NZ. We recognise the immense cultural and artistic value of this project and it’s wider impact on the work we do here at home. The support of organisations like RFL will enable us to build meaningful relationships abroad and foster global connections for our collective communities.
FAFSWAG Arts Collective have worked in the past with RFL on our national tour of the stage work entitled FA’AAFA by emerging Pacific artist Pati Solomona Tyrell. FA’AAFA was restaged as part of the New Zealand FRINGE Festival at BATS Theatre earlier this year and was nominated for a 2018 FRINGE design award.
We look forward to hosting a post travel event with the 312 Hub in Onehunga to share our work with our communities as part of a public programme that follows on FAFSWAG’s strategic goals to working with young people and building meaningful connections that strengthen and grow safe spaces for LGBTQI Pasifika narratives, identities and communities.
CNZ | CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND
This project was also made possible with support from our national arts funding body Creative New Zealand. Your support affords artist the unique opportunity to engage in our social practice, develop our international portfolio and promote quality Pacific arts on the global stage. Thank you to the team for your continued investment and commitment to supporting contemporary arts & Queer practice.
BOOSTED | FAFSWAG FUNDRAISER
Lastly. This trip is supported and made possible by the generosity and kindness of our growing community both online and in the real world. We are extremely spoilt to have such a loving and caring community of allies and supporters consistently backing our work as artist. Thank you to the 128 people who kindly made donations to our BOOSTED fundraising campaign. Your continued help and support has enabled us to pursue our goals and also share our journey with the world. For that we are extremely grateful.
The Campaign is still open for another 8 days so please feel free to make a donation as every cent counts. Thank you.