Provoking artists invited to Massey for residency

Three avant-garde Tongan artists will provide a little Pacific spice in Wellington this week when they begin a Pukeahu ki Tua Think Differently sponsored residency at Massey University.

Tevita Latu, Taniela Petelo, and David Hamani are members of the Seleka Club, a Tongan artists group widely considered to be home to some of the most progressive and revolutionary art created in the Pacific. Within this non-conformist and non-compromising artistic community, Selekā Club members, and Tevita Lātū in particular, have attempted to stir Tongan national consciousness with their controversial artworks.

The residency, which lasts until September 15, coincides with Tongan Language Week and the artists hope to connect with students from a variety of disciplines on campus.

During their stay the artists will be based in the Pasifika Fale, which will also house their final exhibition and open Fale on September 14 at 5pm. The exhibition will also feature current Massey student’s work.