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Pasifika artists exhibit at Massey


John Pule, The Blue Plateau of Polynesian Memory

Work by prominent Pasifika artists Janet Lilo, John Pule, and Siliga Setoga goes on show from tomorrow at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington.

The three artists are from varied Pasifika origins, though they share Niuean roots. The exhibition Tame, Lologo & Ata, explores the subject of identity through the mediums of photography, poetry and performance.

Ms Lilo, Mr Pule and Mr Setoga were the inaugural recipients of the College’s Pasifika Arts Research Fellowship, and each spent two weeks in the college teaching and mentoring Massey’s art and design students, as well as pursuing their own creative research.

About the artists:
Janet Lilo (Ngapuhi, Niue, Samoa): a visual artist who often uses video and last year won the Creative New Zealand Contemporary Pacific Art Award
John Pule (Niue): the highly respected artist, novelist and poet who was made an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate in 2004 and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Siliga Setoga (Samoa, Niue): a performance artist whose work is in collections as far afield as the British Museum

Exhibition details:
Dates: Sat 10 Nov – Sat 24 Nov
Opening Times: Mon – Fri 9am-6pm; weekends 10am-4pm
Location: The Engine Room Gallery, Massey University, Entrance C off Wallace St, Wellington

Opening: Media welcome
Fri 9 Nov, 5pm, The Engine Room.
This is a precursor to the very large opening function for the Exposure exhibition of graduating student work. Media passes are available to ensure you get good access to all areas throughout the evening. Please contact Michele Hollis on 021 669 512 or

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