So Fukin Native: Best Visual Art show Award, Melbourne Fringe 2012! | PWWC & Stella Magazine!

Last week I posted about the visual arts exhibition I co-curated with Léuli Eshraghi for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012, So Fukin Native. On Saturday night, our little exhibition took out the Best Visual Art category Award for the Festival! I am ‘So Fukin’ happy for the Artists – Torika Bolatagici, Maree Clarke, Chantal Fraser, Chuck Feesago, Ben McKeown, Candice Perese, Greg Semu, Latai Taumoepeau, Kathy Cogill – for my co-curator, and for the deadliest gallery in town, Blak Dot Gallery.

Now to plan the exhibitions next incarnations 🙂 This was the first time Léuli or I had ever curated an exhibition, so it has been an encouraging and uplifting experience to say the least. Looking forward to his solo show at the end of the year. Ia Manuia, my friend.

Also last week: I received my complimentary copies of Stella Magazine’s first and second issue – complimentary because I am fortunate to be a contributing writer (lots of pics below):

For the debut article (in Issue 2) I was blessed with the assignment of writing a feature on The Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle (PWWC) and interviewed one of it’s co-founders, artist Lisa Hilli – who is also one of this year’s Melbourne Festival Festival Ambassadors! [Another one of my favourites… The Melbourne Festival opened in spectacular fashion this week and finishes on 27 October 2012 – check out the festival program HERE]

6 page feature article on PWWC, Stella Magazine Issue 2.

Wonderful to see an interview in the first issue on dedicated PNG Disability Rights campaigner Ipul Powaseu. She is pure inspiration to me, for obvious reasons. Now Stella readers know all about her, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), and the disability rights movement in the Pacific. Additionally, the Meriblouse clad cover girl for the first issue was political candidate Jennfier Baing (endorsed by the Indigenous Peoples Party). The issue features an illuminating interview with her. Issue 2 features among others an article on education activist Patricia Diveni-Poivi and projects of the Kokoda Track Foundation. Plus a great interview series with everyday people… unique reflections on Independence.

Contents page, Issue 1 Stella Magazine

I’m not given to hyperbole (lie) but this is the Magazine I have been longing for. Based in Port Moresby, it is a Magazine that speaks to an Indigenous Pacific Islander demographic across Oceania who are politically engaged, ethically aware, aesthetically conscious and creatively/artistically ACTIVE. Independent, pioneering people in both the home countries and in the Pacific diaspora that I know and love.

Articles on talented Pacific Artists, Designers and Creatives across the region.

Book and literature reviews.

Living Culture across Melanesia and the Pacific.

Ethical fashion and lifestyle articles.

My respect and admiration goes to visionary Editor Amanda Donigi, the talented art department, and, indeed, the entire editorial and publishing team. Starting and maintaining a print publication is an extremely challenging undertaking. I feel honoured to contribute words to a magazine that on its debut has already set the bar incredibly high. Ethical style and substance. A magazine that truly respects its intelligent readers.

Think you fit that demographic?

Three words: SUPPORT YOUR MAGAZINE! Become a subscriber right HERE.


That’s all for now. My mind is mine-deep in Australian~PNG Politics research at the moment. I shall return with a fresh post when I can.


Have added a few more links to the ‘Mental Wellness page. I’ve also added a link to Rochelle Callahan’s blog page  featuring a fantastically comprehensive list of Suicide/Survivors Resources for United States residents, which she will update regularly. Thankyou, Rochelle 🙂

Speaking of Mental Wellness, it was World Mental Health Week last week. Missed it? Don’t worry, you can educate yourself HERE. And If you do a google search on ‘World Mental Health Week’, you’ll find some fascinating articles on how Mental Health issues are addressed from Nepal to India… and everywhere else in this world of ours.

More on the continued struggle for human rights in West Papua, and Domestic and Global Politics, to come. Two nerve-wracking elections on the way……


4 Comments on “So Fukin Native: Best Visual Art show Award, Melbourne Fringe 2012! | PWWC & Stella Magazine!”

  1. Grace Vanilau says:

    My sister, a huge congratulations on the award – a wonderful exhibition. Also congrats on the PWWC article published in Stella Magazine. You are so rocking it!!!! huge hugs, mmmmmmhmmmmm

  2. TolaiMan says:

    Congratulations! I’m proud of you. Boina tuna!

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