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Men are from Maama, Women are from Pulotu at Mangere Arts Centre

Ane Tonga - Untitled
Image: Ane Tonga, Untitled, 2015

The Chartwell Trust and Creative New Zealand are supporters of the exhibition Men are from Maama, Women are from Pulotu at Mangere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Auckland until 14 May 2016.

Artist Ane Tonga says the exhibition examines nifo koula (gold teeth) as a Tongan cultural phenomenon. Her ongoing investigation resulted in the gendered photographic series Grills which featured women with nifo koula who live in New Zealand, which will be shown alongside Fakaētangata a new 'brother' series made in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Chartwell’s support of Ane Tonga’s project, and that of Jeremy Leatinu’u, titled RFL. 2015, comes as part of the wider project, Pacifique(s) Contemporain, presented in Le Havre and Rouen, France, in 2015.

Jeremy Leatinu’u - RFL
Image: Jeremy Leatinu’u, RFL, 2015

Pacifique(S) Contemporain
showcased the work of thirteen contemporary Maori and Pacific artists across nine art gallery and museum spaces in Le Havre and Rouen, France.  It was co-curated by Dr. Jacqueline Charles-Rault (University of Le Havre) and Dr. Caroline Vercoe (University of Auckland).

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