Kelsey Amos – Hawai‘i
Hinemoana Baker – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Hinemoana Baker’s first book of poetry, ‘mātuhi | needle‘, was co-published in New Zealand and the US in 2004. Actor, writer and artist Viggo Mortensen‘s publishing house Perceval Press co-published the book, which features the paintings of Ngāi Tahu artist Jenny Rendall.
Hinemoana’s first album, ‘puāwai’ (Jayrem Records, 2004) was a finalist for the NZ Music Awards and the APRA Silver Scrolls Māori Language award.
Her second collection of poetry, ‘kōiwi kōiwi | bone bone’ (Victoria University Press), was launched in Wellington in 2010. She co-edited the anthology ‘Kaupapa: New Zealand Poets, World Issues’ in 2007, and has released four more CDs of music and poetry.
Hinemoana was Arts Queensland Poet in Residence in 2009 and writer in residence with the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa in 2010. She has appeared at festivals and events in New Zealand and in Australia, Indonesia and the US. She is spending 2014 as writer in residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University. Her third book, ‘waha | mouth’, will be published during her year there (around August/September).
Tammy Hailiʻopua Baker – Hawai‘i
Theater Director, playwright, Assistant Professor Theater University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker’s work concentrates on the development of indigenous Hawaiian theatre and the revitalization of Hawaiian language and culture. As co-founder of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, a Hawaiian medium theatre troupe, she has written, produced and toured productions internationally and throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. In addition to her Hawaiian medium plays, Baker also writes and produces plays in English and Pidgin (Hawaiian Creole English).
Baker’s academic work, including her senior thesis (Kaluaiko‘olau: Ke Kā‘e‘a‘e‘a o nā Pali Kalalau) and MFA production (Māuiakamalo: Ka Ho‘okala Kupua o ka Moku), draw upon her experiences using theatre as a tool for language learning and cultural empowerment. Aside from contributing to the development of contemporary Hawaiian theatre, this work makes important contributions to scholarship in the fields of theater, performance, Hawaiian, Pacific Islands and Indigenous Studies.
At the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa she oversees the MFA Playwriting program and is currently developing a new program in Hawaiian Theatre. Her latest full length Hawaiian language production, Lāʻeikawai, premieres at the UHM Kennedy Theater in February 2015.
Terava Ka‘anapu Casey – Hawai‘i, Tahiti
Dancer, choreographer, Graduate Assistant Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Iosefa Enari – Aotearoa / New Zealand, Samoa
Choreographer, Director Pacific Dance New Zealand.
Joy Enomoto- Hawai‘i
Photographer, mixed media artist.
Joy Enomoto is a visual artist and keeper of books who is interested in examining those spaces we often hesitate to enter – the muliwai, king tides and the middle passage. She is currently pursuing a BFA from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
Robin Fifita- Tonga, Hawai‘i
Robin Fifita celebrates her Tongan, Irish and German heritage in work that is informed by a convergence of cultural elements, people, ideas, and forms of expression. She incorporates culturally specific symbols and motifs to generate art work that offers new perspectives on shared universal human experiences – “converging lines, like ideas, create new perspectives.”
Joanna Gordon- Hawai‘i
Joanna Gordon is a poet that dwells in the reformed swamplands of Hawaii Kai as a graduate of Kaiser High School and student of English at UH Mānoa. She has competed as a poet in various Pacific Tongues events and now works alongside the Pacific Tongues Youth Board to run monthly poetry slams.
Jack Gray – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Tanemahuta Gray – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Choreographer, dancer, Director Kowhiti Matariki Festival
Tanemahuta Gray is a choreographer, producer, event and theatre director, with management skills in creative performance and technical production areas.
He has performed with the Argentinian aerial theatre group De La Guarda, directed and produced Maui – One Man Against The Gods, a full length theatre, dance and aerobatics production based on Māori mythology, and Tribute08 – a Vietnam Commemoration with support from the NZ Government, the NZ Defence Force, and Returned Services Associations, and is founding director, along with his sister Merenia Gray of Kowhiti Matariki Festival, an annual dance festival in Wellington.
His creative interests combine customary and contemporary Maori dance forms with hip hop and other Western music and dance elements.
Image – Tanemahuta Gray and Jacqui Hailwood perform in last year’s Kowhiti Matariki Festival. Photo: Stephen A’Court
Tanemahuta Gray (Dir.) and Tiki Tane / Tiki Dub Productions. (2014). Tiki Tane Mahuta Promo Clip.
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Vilsoni Hereniko – Routuma, Hawai‘i
Film director, author, Professor Academy for Creative Media UHM.
Vilsoni Hereniko is a playwright and stage director and seven of his plays have been produced and published. As a screenwriter, film director or producer, he has written and directed or produced five films, including a narrative feature, The Land Has Eyes, set on his homeland, Rotuma. The Land has Eyes premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and has been shown at over 20 international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Montreal, Brisbane, Shanghai, Singapore and Moscow. Winner of several awards, including “Best Dramatic Feature” at the 2004 Toronto Imaginative Film and Media Arts Festival, “Land” was also Fiji’s official entry (2005) for the Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category. In addition, Hereniko has served on the film selection committee for the Hawai‘i International Film Festival as well as a jury member for several international film and theatre festivals.
Hereniko received his PhD from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 1991. He moved soon after to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he taught Pacific literature and film. In 1997 he received the Elliot Cades writing award for his “significant body of work of exceptional quality.” In 2000 the UHManoa awarded him with a Presidential Citation for his teaching. In 2005 Cambridge University awarded him a Fellowship with Corpus Christi College.
From 2008-July 2010, Hereniko was the Director of the Center for Pacific Islands at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. From August 2010 – July 2012 he was the Director of the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific.
Hereniko was the editor of the award-winning journal The Contemporary Pacific from 2002-2008. He has also authored or edited academic books or articles on Oceanic literature, film, art, culture, and the politics of representation.
Image – Still from the film Land has Eyes.
Cook Islands Research (2010). Vilsoni Hereniko Part 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAFJ3AIGmT0
Cook Islands Research (2010). Vilsoni Hereniko Part 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMPTWyEG8Ww
Noelle Kahanu – Hawai‘i
Curator, documentary director, visual artist, Specialist American Studies University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Lee Kava – Tonga, Hawai‘i
Lee Kava is a musician of Tongan and Palangi descent, currently pursuing a Masters in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her work explores Tongan aesthetics and perspectives on music and performance, with a focus on song-writing as a form of decolonial community building. She is the founder of Pacific Verse, a project that promotes the use of indigenous Pacific languages through song-writing.
Shigeyuki Kihara – Samoa, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Shigeyuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary visual and performance artist whose work engages in a variety of social, political and cultural themes, including the varying relationships between gender, race, culture and politics in the Pacific. Kihara’s work has been presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial (2002), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (solo exhibition, 2008), Auckland Triennial (2009), Sakahàn Quinquennial (2013), Daegu Photo Biennial (2014), and will feature at the 2014 Chain of Fire Prologue exhibition for 2016 Honolulu Biennial.
Kihara’s work has also been shown at the Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art; Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; de Young Fine Art Museum of San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.
Collections in the US featuring examples of Kihara’s work include the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Ohio, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Image – Video still of ‘Taualuga: The Last Dance’ performance
Kirsty MacDonald (Dir.) (2012). Making Siva in Motion. https://vimeo.com/50271507
Kirsty MacDonald (Ed.) Culture for Sale – Shigeyuki Kihara. https://vimeo.com/40031800
Donovan Kūhiō Colleps – Hawai‘i
Donovan Kūhīo Colleps is a PhD student in the English department at UH Mānoa.
Andrea Eden Low – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Andrea Eden Low is an Auckland based artist who works in the fields of installation, photography, moving image, design and sculpture.
Andrea has a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from Elam School of Fine Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from The University of Auckland. Her work as a visual artist is represented in public and private collections and includes projects for public spaces, such as the Otahuhu Youth & Recreation Sculpture Commission, Hopetoun Street Entrance Sculpture Wall, and Ponsonby Road Gates in Auckland. Alongside artist Dr Graham Fletcher, Andrea co-curated an installation for The University of Auckland Library titled Auratica Fantastica that brought together the work of over eighty contemporary artists in 2011.
She has been a lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts, and is currently a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology researching early twentieth century popular Hawaiian music, including its transmission to Australasia, Indonesia and India in the period between 1910-1930.
Andrea is of Hawaiian and Fijian heritage with connections to Samoa, Tabuaeran, Tongareva, and the Cook Islands.
Keali’i MacKenzie – Hawai‘i
Keali‘i MacKenzie is a Hawaiian poet who was a member of the 2009 Worcester Poetry Slam team. He is a current graduate student in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and moonlights as a librarian.
Brandy Nālani McDougall – Hawai‘i
From Kula, Maui, Brandy Nālani McDougall is of Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi lineages), Chinese and Scottish descent. She received a PhD in English, specializing in Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Literature, from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2011. Her dissertation, “ʻO ka Lipo o ka Lā, ʻO ka Lipo o ka Pō: Cosmogonic Kaona in Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Literature” examines the contemporary use of kaona references to Hawaiian creation moʻolelo (stories/histories) and moʻokūʻauhau (genealogies).
Recent publications include “Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke (In the Work is the Knowledge): Kaona as Rhetorical Action” in College Composition and Communication 63, an article for which she and Georgeanne Nordstrom were honored with the 2012 Braddock Award; “Christianity, Colonialism, Civilization and Other Such Diseases in Haunani-Kay Trask’s Poetics” Jacket 2, and “From Uē to Kūʻē: Loss and Resistance in Haunani-Kay Trask’s Night is a Sharkskin Drum and Matthew Kaopio’s Written in the Sky” in Anglistica.
Her most recent paper presentations have included “Christianity, Colonialism, Civilization and Other Such Diseases in Haunani-Kay Trask’s Poetics,” which was presented at the SPACLALS conference at Victoria University Marae in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She also recently presented “Anticolonial Humor in the American Pacific” as part of a panel with Caroline Sinavaiana, kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, Craig Santo Perez and Nicholas Goetzfridt at the MLA Conference in Seattle, WA in January 2012. She will also be presenting papers at the Native American Literature Symposium (NALS) in Albuquerque, NM and at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference in Uncasville, CT in 2012.
As an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in the American Studies Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, she has just begun teaching AmSt 220: Introduction to Indigenous Studies, a lecture-discussion course, in the Spring 2012 semester.
Her research interests include Native Literatures; Pacific Studies; Indigenous Critical Theory; Neocolonial/Postcolonial/Colonial Studies; American imperialism in the Pacific; Native American/First Nations Studies; American Cultural/Ethnic studies; Decolonizing Methodologies; and Indigenous Rights/Sovereignty Movements.
McDougall is also the author of a poetry collection, The Salt-Wind (2008), and a chapbook, “Return to the Kula House,” featured in Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing (2009), edited by Allison Hedge Coke.
Dan Taulapapa McMullin – USA, Samoa
Painter, Poet, Media Artist
Dan Taulapapa McMullin produces work in various media, including painting, poetry, photography, photo-collage, and video. He is currently exhibiting paintings in the Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai’i. Recently, he published a collection of his poetry, entitled “Coconut Milk,” with University of Arizona Press, as part of the distinguished Sun Tracks series of contemporary indigenous writers. He lives with his partner in Hudson, New York. For ArtSpeak, Dan produced the video work 100 Tiki Notes.
Image – Dan Taulapapa McMullin. (2014). Polynesie. Oil on Canvas. 30 in x 40 in (75cm x 102 cm).
Moata McNamara – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Painter, video artist, author.
Karlo Mila – Tonga, Samoa, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Karlo Mila is a poet. Born in Rotorua, New Zealand, Mila is of Tongan, Palagi and Samoan descent. She was educated at Massey University and has worked as a trade union organiser, teacher and health research manager.
Her first collection of poetry, Dream Fish Floating (Huia, 2005), won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Mila says that her poetry is both personal and political, reflecting ‘issues of the Pacific diaspora and navigating the tensions between traditional cultures and urban Aotearoa-Pacific realities.’
Writing about Dream Fish Floating in their report for the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, the judges said that: ‘Karlo Mila writes with flair, energy and passion, creating a direct, accessible poetry. This multi-cultural, lyrical voice is one the judges expect to hear a lot more of.’
Mila has had work anthologised in Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English (Auckland University Press, 2003), and Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry (Rattapallax Press, 2002). She has had poems selected for Best New Zealand Poems in 2003, 2005 and 2006 (see link below to read).
Her book A Well Written Body (Huia, 2008), was the result of collaboration with German-born artist Delicia Sampero. This publication is a ‘multidimensional conversation of images and imaginings between two women, crossing art forms and cultures’ (Huia press release).
Karlo Mila lives in Palmerston North.
University of Otago. (2012). Karlo Mila-Schaaf – Theorising advantage in a context of disparity. [Lecture]. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH3KMwQHwtY
New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (NZEPC). Karlo Mila. http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/pasifika/mila1.asp
Selwyn Muru – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Painter, sculptor, orator, author, television director and broadcasting pioneer.
Selwyn Muru is a senior Māori artist whose work has helped set precedents for generations of younger Māori artists exploring themes of cultural expression through the visual and performing arts, radio and television. His painting was included in some of the earliest exhibitions of contemporary Maori art alongside other important 20th century Māori artists such as Ralph Hotere, Arnold Wilson, Cliff Whiting, and Fred Graham. He has represented New Zealand in touring exhibitions, including the first Johannesburg Art Biennale in 1995 and his work is represented in major art collections in New Zealand including Te Papa – The National Museum of New Zealand, and the Auckland Art Gallery.
He has written and directed programs for Radio New Zealand and Television New Zealand, and his plays in both Māori and English, including The Gospel According to Tane and Get the Hell Home Boy, are some of the earliest plays written and produced for stage by a Māori author. He has translated poems by his friend and fellow tribesman Hone Tuwhare into Māori; featured alongside a young Kiri Te Kanawa and Barry Crump in Rudall Haywards 1964 feature film Runaway; advised Jane Campion during the making of the Oscar winning film The Piano; and collaborated with film maker Don Selwyn on numerous occasions, including appearing in his 2002 Māori language feature film version of the Merchant of Venice – Te Tangata Whai Rawa o Weneti.
As an educationalist he taught art in secondary schools, was a Senior Lecturer in the Māori department and established Te Toi Hou, the Maori art department,at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.
As a Māori orator and repository of tribal knowledge, he has been in demand as a public speaker and advocate for Māori issues on countless tribal, national and international occasions, including being a kaumatua (leader) for his own iwi Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Nhāti Rēhia, and Whakatōhea, honorary kaumatua for the Auckland Art Gallery, speech writer for the Queen, and an orator for the previous Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand.
Image – Selwyn Muru (1990). Te Tupuna o te Whenua. [Lithograph].
Te Waka Huia. TVNZ (1913). Selwyn Muru – Part 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15718usdP8U
Te Waka Huia. TVNz (1913). Selwyn Muru – Part 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qiXuWRAolQ
Moana Nepia – Aotearoa / New Zealand, Hawai‘i
Choreographer, dancer, curator, author, painter, video artist.
Moana Nepia had an international career as dancer and choreographer before retraining as a visual artist. His recent work has explored ways in which ancestral Māori cosmologies and narratives provide precedents for articulating concepts of the void, potentiality, absence and presence. Through research and creative practice rooted in Māori epistemologies and ways of knowing, he has also sought to expand discussion about Indigneous creative practice.
As a dancer he has performed with Impulse Dance Theater in NZ, the Royal NZ Ballet, Extemporary Dance Theater, Dance Advance, Vienna Festival Ballet English National Opera, choreographed for the NZ Ballet, Taiao, Footnote Dance Company, Atamira Dance Company and devised choreographic projects for Education departments of the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and London City Ballet Companies.
He trained as a visual artist at Chelsea College of the Arts and Wimbledon School of Art where his Honours dissertation was nominated for the 1998 annual British Art Historians’ Thesis prize. He was awarded a PhD for his practice-led thesis entitled Te Kore – Exploring the Māori concept of Void from AUT University in 2013.
Recent writing is included in Ora Nui. Journal of contemporary Maori writing, edited by Anton Blank in 2012; Of Other Thoughts. Non-traditional Approaches to the Doctorate. A Handbook for Candidates and Supervisors: From ontology to action, edited by Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul and Michael Peters in 2013; and Puna Wai Kōrero – An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English edited by Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan for Auckland University Press in 2014.
He has been a Director for DANZ Aotearoa, Trustee for Orotokare and Atamira Dance Company, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i in the Centre for Pacific Islands Studies helping to develop new courses with a focus on arts and performance in the Pacific.
Image – video still from Maungauika Trilogy (2010).
Moana Nepia (2012). Whero – performance preview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaR-b_OzSAg
Moana Nepia (2010). Maungauika Trilogy. http://www.ziln.co.nz/video/84
Jocelyn Ng – Hawai‘i
Jocelyn Ng is a public school educator and current Outreach Coordinator for Pacific Tongues. She is a two time youth national Brave New Voices slam poetry champion, has been member on 7 national slam teams and recently co-coached the 2014 Pacific Tongues Brave New Voices squad that placed 5th in Philadelphia this past summer.
Tianzhen Nie – Hawai‘i
Tianzhen Nie is a musician and poet who aims to create works that are ‘salt and light’ to her audience.
Nolu Ehu – Hawai‘i
Nolu Ehu is a queer nesian arts collective that aims to push/challenge perimeters of conversation about queerness and indigeneity.
People of Nolu Ehu
Jennifer Vehia Wheeler
Keone Nunes – Hawai‘i
Kakau (traditional Hawaiian tattoo) practitioner.
Glen Yamamoto (Dir.) PBS Hawai‘i. Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox – Keone Nunes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yseYZtnVWqE
Where. Where Traveller.com (2013). Kakau: The Art of Hawaiian Tattooing with Keone Nunes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT2KEbYK55U
Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio – Hawai‘i
Jamaica Osorio is a queer Kanaka Maoli artist activist and student pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Pacific Tongues is a nonprofit organization that cultivates an active artistic Oceanic community of writers, spoken word performers, leaders, educators and students of all ages. Their commitment is to honor the practice of kuleana through creative workshops, public events and pedagogical development.
Craig Santos Perez – Guåhan / Guam – Hawai‘i
Author, Publisher, Director Creative Writing Program University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamorro originally from Guåhan (Guam). In 1995, his family migrated to California, where he lived for fifteen years before moving to Hawai’i. Craig is the author of two books of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010), a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the winner of the PEN Center USA 2011 Literary Prize for Poetry.
In 2010, the Guam Legislature passed Resolution No. 315-30, recognizing and commending Craig “as an accomplished poet who has been a phenomenal ambassador for our island, eloquently conveying through his words, the beauty and love that is the Chamorro culture.” His poetry, essays, fiction, reviews, and translations have been published in over a hundred national and international scholarly and literary journals and anthologies. In 2011, his first audio poetry album, Undercurrent, was recorded with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) poet Brandy Nalani McDougall, and produced by record label Hawai’i Dub Machine.
Craig has performed his poetry throughout the Pacific, the U.S, and in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a guest lecturer he has spoken about poetry, activism, research, and scholarship, publishing, Pacific studies, indigenous literatures, militarization, tourism, colonialism, decolonization, migration, and diaspora.
He co-founded a chapbook publisher, edited the blog for Omnidawn Publishing, guest edited several “special issues” on Chamoru literature, and co-edied the anthology Chamoru Childhood (2009). In 2011, he co-founded (with Brandy Nalani McDougall) Ala Press, an independent press dedicated to Pacific literature. In 2010 he received the Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Award. In 2009 he received the Emily Chamberlain Cook Poetry Prize, and in 2001 he was awarded the Jean Burden Poetry Award.
Craig earned a B.A. in Art History & Literature from the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands (2002) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco (2006). He is finishing his Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley. He received support from a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. Craig is currently an Associate Professor in the English Department of the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, where he teaches Pacific Literature and Creative Writing, and co-curates Native Voices: A Reading and Lecture Series.
You can link to his faculty page here. Or you can connect with him on Facebook.
Taniela Petelo – Tonga
Taniela Petelo is a visual artist and musician, born and raised in Haveluloto, Tongatapu, Tonga. In 2008, Taniela began training in fine arts under Tevita Latu, who taught art at the ‘Atenisi Institute. Taniela eventually developing a style using pieces with mixed media, ranging from charcoal and pencil on paper to clay, newspaper and mixed media. In 2009, Taniela was featured in his first exhibition by ICON Tonga Creative Summit, and arts program based in Nuku‘alofa, Tonga. Taniela has been exhibiting in Tonga regularly since 2009, and earlier this year was featured in the Maketi Ples 2014 exhibition in Sydney.
Tagi Qolouvaki – Fiji, Tonga
Tagi Qolouvaki is a student of Pacific literatures, and sometime writer of poetry and maker of art.
Serena Ngaio Simmons – Aotearoa/New Zealand, Hawai‘i
Lisa Reihana – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Lisa Reihana is a Maori artist whose film, photography and multimedia art explores ideas about indigenous identity and bi-cultural living. Reihana’s desire to address and engage with colonial histories and contemporary experience through diverse media is expressed in installations that are collages drawn from eclectic sources utilizing photography, sculpture and time-based arts.
Her extensive international exhibition record includes representing New Zealand in Paradise Now? at the Asia Society Museum, New York; the 2000 Sydney Biennale; the Noumea Biennale in 2002; the Asia Pacific Triennial in 1996 and 2003, exhibiting in Marks Garage in Honolulu in 2004; the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto; in Singapore, Brasil, Australia and Sweden. Native Portraits n.19897 was commissioned for the opening of Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington NZ, to critical acclaim. Reihana has undertaken numerous residencies including time at the Institute for Modern Art in Brisbane, The Banff Centre in Canada, as Digital Artist in Residence at Waikato University, New Zealand in 2006, and as Tohunga a Toi at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand, where she also competed her MA. Her thesis presentation included a work based around Captain Cook, Joseph Banks and the Pacific Navigator Tupaia. Called In Pursuit of Venus, this work utilized green screen technology to insert performers into a painted landscape resembling 19th Century painted wallpaper.
For ArtSpeak, Lisa has submitted two video works Tauira (1991) and Hyper Girls (1996). She also has work screening in Binding and Looping – Transfer of Presence, in the main UHM Art Gallery.
Lisa Reihana (2001) Hinepukohurangi. [Digital photograph on dibond) 200 x 100cm
Lisa Reihana (2001). Mahuika. [Digital photograph on dibond) 200 x 100cm
Lisa Reihana in front of a mural commissioned for the Auckland motorway extension project in Victoria Park, Auckland in 2012.
Albert Refiti – Samoa, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Architect, Senior Lecturer Spatial Design, AUT University, Auckland.
Albert Refiti (2009). Whiteness, Smoothing and the Origin of Samoan Architecture. Interstices Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 10: 9-19. http://interstices.ac.nz/previousfiles/INT10_Refiti.pdf
Brian Alsola “Wailana” Simcock was born in the Philippines to a Pinay mother and a New Zealand father, was raised in O’ahu since age 5, and grew up swimming, surfing and figure skating. He speaks fluent Tagalog and Hawaiian, and his work addresses issues of indigenous cultural identity, power and the history of colonialism in the Pacific.
As a dancer he has worked with cultural activist and choreographer Pearl Ubungen of Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM), Steamroller and Kunstoff. companies in San Francisco. He studied with Joe Goode, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Stephen Pelton, Barbara Dilley, and the aerial dance with Terry Sendgraff. After returning to Hawai‘i in 2000, he joined Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater, Giingko Maraschino, and the aerial dance troupe Samadhi Hawaii. He has also performed with the groundbreaking productions of ‘Ulalena (Maui) and Waikiki Nei (O’ahu).
Designing a unique multidisciplinary degree at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo titled Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i (2006), Simcock merged Hawaiian language, culture, and ethos with western theater arts. He continued this focus while working with the N2 Dance program (Maika and ‘Ānela Woods) in the Hawaiian immersion school Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u (K-12), and in Ka’umeke Kā’eo (K-9) in Keaukaha, Hawai’i Island where he taught creative movement classes in the Hawaiian language.
Wailana lived at Kalani Oceanside Retreat between 2000 – 2012 where he became Kalani’s Hawai‘i Culture and Performing Arts Director. He is the founding Artistic Director of Kalani Performing Arts Festival, founding Artistic Director with Wai Company, and continues to teach aerial and modern dance in Honolulu. Currently, Wailana is completing an MFA in Dance at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.