FAFSWAG’S SELECTS FOR TEMPO

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Tempo Dance Festival puts an annual spotlight on dance and movement in Aotearoa. With the ball scene situated quite nicely as an event that celebrates Vogue as a culture as well as an art form, we thought it would be great to list some of the upcoming shows that share the same vigor for culture and movement. These are the shows we’re excited to catch at this years Tempo Dance Festival.

Bare in mind that everyone has their own taste and these flavours are just a few spices that stimulate our own taste buds. This aint a TRUMP term in the White-House and you’re more than welcome to form your own opinions #GodBlessDemocracy #HappyTempo

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#5 SRINGARAM – DANCE OF LOVE
SWAROOPA UNNI

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#4 SIVA NIU SILA
KATERINA FATUPAITO | JAHRA RAGER | TUPUA TIGAFUA | NIKKI UPOKO

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#3 TAUMATA – FOUR NEW WORKS
BIANCA HYSLOP (THE NEW ZEALAND DANCE COMPANY) | TAANE METE (OKAREKA DANCE COMPANY) | SARAH FOSTER-SPROULL (FOSTER GROUP) LOUGHLAN PRIOR (ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET) |

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#2 VU
VOU DANCE FIJI

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#1 THE SCENIC VIEW
CAT RUKA | RALPH BROWN | MIT PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS

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Jermaine Dean | OFFSTAGE 7

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(Image – Tautai 2016)

In 2009 TAUTAI Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presented OFFSTAGE at Galatos. The show was programmed as part of the 2009 Auckland FRINGE Festival and featured a range of Pacific artists including Lonnie Hutchinson, Shigeyuki Kihara, Janet Lilo, Sheyne Tuffery, Itiri Ngaro and LindaT. They were also joined by a number of emerging artists including Vaimaila Urale, Junior Taumoepeau, Mose Eteuati, Angela Tiatia, Fristar Viliamu and Tanu Gago. OFFSTAGE was originally described as “a night of live and mediated performance works – a mix of the high-brow and the experimental, with a party atmosphere.”

I was late to the opening after getting too lit with some friends before rolling up to the bar just in time to miss the screening of my short documentary film – DRAG DIVAS. I remember submitting the film thinking it probably won’t get accepted because it was so conventional as piece of moving image. But they managed to find a spot for it in the programme. I invited the star of my film, a 6 foot drag queen named Rose Bush. The night was really similar in spirit to some of the random art experiences FAFSWAG has produced over the past couple of years. It was a little bit casual and kind of alternative and hap hazard. At times you didn’t always know what to expect and the bar was really good at alleviating any pressure for artist to feel like they had be precious about their work.

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(Image – Tautai 2016)

It’s now 2016 and TAUTAI’S OFFSTAGE is being delivered in it’s 7th iteration. The showcase as a whole has gone through a number of transformations. The most apparent is the mixing of contemporary Pacific arts Practitioners with emerging Pacific arts practitioners as an opportunity to show works collectively, seems to have shifted. For the 7th version of OFFSTAGE the experience was presented as an exhibition of emerging artist.

OFFSTAGE still remains for the most part an experimental space despite a majority of the works being created specifically for other instances, exhibitions or generally being products of tertiary fine arts learning.

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(Image – Louisa Afoa)

This year OFFSTAGE was curated by Louisa Afoa and hosted as a 2 week exhibition at ART SPACE on Auckland’s K road. FAFSWAG artist Jermaine Dean debuted his moving image work self-titled JERMAINE which was created collaboratively with other artist from the collective. The exhibition still reflects OFFSTAGE as a place for new innovative and experimental works. OFFSTAGE 7 was a place for artist to transmit their works to audiences outside of their typical and tight-nit communities and to have their work shown within and industry context.

Jermaine’s work for offstage see’s a departure from his glossy digital photography practice into moving image through performance.What this work achieves really well is that it creates a window point of entry into an underground world that very few people and artist in Auckland get to experience. Jermaine becomes the protagonist in his own narrative about space and how this is physically and politically occupied through his unique identity.

It has been great to see Jermaine curated into this show as an artist that isn’t on a tertiary pathway within the fines arts and who’s practice is approached from another field entirely. Jermaine’s diverse back ground and experience make it hard to define his practice concretely and in the spirit of what OFFSTAGE has always been a vehicle for, this sounds like a perfect fit.

I hope artist feel empowered to make submissions for future TAUTAI OFFSTAGE exhibitions. This a really great platform and six years of interesting incarnations have proven that.

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Sione Monu | BEAUTY IS IN THE STREET

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It was an important moment for FAFSWAG to support Tongan artist Sione Monu for his opening at Object Space. Entitled ‘Beauty is in the Street’ the exhibition opened on Ponsonby road in central Auckland on the 27th of August to a full house.

We all looked like Aitu’s sporting black magic realness in the centre of Panem. I joke with these Hunger Game references, but to be honest these spaces can be extremely difficult to navigate for artist with emerging practices situated outside an institutional context. The class divisions can be overbearingly apparent when Pacific artist are traversing these stark white spaces with their problematic brown bodies, cultural politics and social context.

Curator Elle Loui August has approached this project with a lot of attention to detail and  it feels like a very conscious and consorted effort to service a new audience for Object Space. This is really refreshing for us to see the value Sione Monu brings to these spaces along with the other artist featured in the exhibition.

Group exhibitions are always about conversation and intersectionality. We know from first hand experience that converging narratives are not always comfortable experiences as they can unearth common grounds and vast points of difference simultaneously. Difference has always been a hard conversation in this country. But when executed well sharing narratives can generate the kind of momentum that feels like difference is actually a point of strength and this show definitely feels grounded in the notion of collective strength.

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Beauty is in the Street

27 August 2016 – 24 September 2016

Reimagining the city through the eyes of critically attuned and collective making practices which engage in the vital issues and materials of our contemporary landscape with resilience, humour, energy and transmutation.

Including contributions from Areez Katki, Sione Monu, Lula Cucchiara & Ash Mosen / Mosen Studios, Rawiri Brown, Luisa Tora and Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Liv Worsnop, Eleanor Cooper, Oliver van der Lugt, Luka Mues, Dawn Blood, Lulu Fang, Annie Mackenzie, Jack Tilson, John Mutambu, Bridget Riggir, Lana Lopesi, Ella Sutherland and Billie Popovic

Curated by Elle Loui August

Opening Event: Saturday 27 August 

Image – Sione Monu, Blanket Couture Series, 2016

QUEER RESISTANCE

QUEER RESISTANCE

FAFSWAG artist Moe Laga, Pati Solomona Tyrell and Tanu Gago were part of a group exhibition entitled Queer Resistance curated by Kirsty Fong during February of 2015. The artist showcased works from previous shows including Poly Typical at Fresh Gallery Otara and new works from Between Wind and Water from Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington.

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FEATURING …..

Cameron Ah Loo-Matamua, Léuli Eshraghi, Kiran Foster, Tanu Gago, Cecilia Kavara Verran, Moe Laga, Emilie Rākete, Molly Rangiwai McHale, David Roil, Sangeeta Singh, Tuafale Tanoa’i (a.k.a. Linda T.), Ron Te Kawa, Luisa Tora, Pati Solomona Tyrell, Anna Vo

QUEER RESISTANCE explores the multiplicities of our identities encircled in deeply interconnected social and political struggles through honouring our revolutionary roots of LGBTQI liberation movements in Aotearoa and around the world.

The queer liberation movement was born out of resistance against police brutality, harassment, discriminatory laws, and a myriad of other forms of targeted injustices faced predominantly by working class people of colour sexuality and gender minorities.

In celebrating the collective struggle for queer and trans* liberation, QUEER RESISTANCE seeks to intentionally re-energise dialogues in our communities to encompass all representations of genders and sexualities in decolonial, anti-capitalist, intersectional and intergenerational frameworks.

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