Filming Black Love in the tropics

I really adore this video clip for Frenna directed by AZAD WASTARA; specifically the shots that capture THE PEOPLE, colours, and other sensual impressions of this place so well!

I believe it was filmed in Ghana (there’s a shot of Kiki Bees’s, which is in Ghana). Trying to find information on who the cinematographer was.

And daydreaming of filming in Melanesia

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Issue 12 of Stella Magazine – & my article in Issue 13

Issue 12 of Stella Magazine is on sale now! List of Stella Magazine stockists here.

Subscriptions are available for residents in PNG, Australia, New Zealand, Asia/Pacific and the Rest of the World. Subscribe here for your chance to WIN.

And stay in the loop by liking Stella Magazine on Facebook here.

After a year-long article writing hiatus, I wrote a piece for the next issue of Stella Magazine, Issue 13 – a profile on Nattali Rize, Petra Rumwaropen and Lea Rumwaropen of the band Blue King Brown, and their relationship to the struggle for human rights in West Papua. Blue King Brown use their music to raise awareness in their audiences about the cause – a very personal one for the Rumwaropen sisters, who came to Australia as political refugees.

In addition, all three women live their politics and values in their day-today lives. We talked music, family, faith, the magic of performance, global resistance and freedom. It was a pleasure to interview them.

So make sure you grab a copy of that one too 🙂

One Rebel, All Rights Reserved.

One Rebel, All Rights Reserved.

STELLA ISSUE 12

Stella Mag Issue 12


Issue 11 of Stella Magazine on sale now!

It’s been a while since I posted on Stella Magazine – publication went on hiatus for personal reasons, but publishing has resumed and Issue 11 is on sale now – covergirl is Naomi Bukalidi!

List of stockists here.

Online subscriptions are available for residents in PNG, Australia, New Zealand, Asia/Pacific and the Rest of the World.

Subscribe here for your chance to WIN.

And stay in the loop by liking Stella Magazine on Facebook here.

Previous issue’s cover – Issue 10:

STELLA ISSUE 10


This is wonderful… Little Yogis in PNG.

From Spark* International‘s tweet stream:

Would you look at that photo 🙂

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Under the Red Dress Project

“Your scars aren’t ugly. They mean you’re alive.”

Beth Whaanga, 32, cancer fighter, Under the Red Dress Project

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This campaign went viral last month, but in case you missed it:

http://www.underthereddress.com

The health promotion photographic campaign has been conceived by Beth Whaanga, a Brisbane based Registered Nurse and Criminologist, and her friend, Commercial Photographer Nadia Mascot. Beth is a mother of four, married for ten years to Maui Whaanga. After being diagnosed with early stages breast cancer and the BCRA2 gene mutation, she decided with her friend Nadia to collaborate on this piece of health promotion.

The pair staged a photo shoot that resulted in six, beautiful and striking photographs: in the first, Beth is wearing one of her favourite red dresses, a picture of glamour and youth. In the photographs that follow, Beth’s mostly naked body is revealed – bearing the very real and permanant marks of the fight for survival. Tram flap breast reconstruction scars. Total bilateral mastectomy scars. Bellorac drain scar. Total hysterectomy scar. Melanoma lumpectomy scar. Navel reconstruction. Ongoing hair loss.

Many have found the images to be too confronting – 103 “friends” unfriended Beth on Facebook when she published them. Some even said that the images were pornographic. I cannot fathom this kind of “thinking”.

Perhaps the images are confronting. And perhaps this is because we do not see real, scarred bodies on a regular basis. Obviously, in our daily interactions, we do not see the full extent of each others bodies. And in our media, we see 2-hr-daily-workout-session bodies, seemingly untouched by sickness, accident, abuse, birth defects. Even in the most prominent cancer campaigns, it is unusual to see the real scars of cancer surgery depicted.

In fearlessly revealing these scars, Beth and the Under the Red Dress Project are seeking to make a statement – read some wonderful words explaining the vision of the campaign HERE. You can also find them on Facebook HERE.

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I do think the images are powerful, and empowering. On a personal note, I would love to have the cahones to just be able to publicly bare my scars as Beth has. It is a great campaign, and like thousands of others I look forward to seeing it grow. Below is an interview Beth and her husband Maui did with TVNZ. She explains why it was important to show the scars of her battle against cancer, without shame or fear, amongst an ocean of awareness ribbon campaigns:


Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium Mini Program

CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 SYMPOSIUM

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

When: 21 March, 9:00am – 5:30pm Where: FCAC Basement Theatre

Registration: $20 – waged/ $10 unwaged/conc. Includes refreshments and a copy of the publication Mana Motu.

Book online: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=74111

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium will bring together creative practitioners, community elders, academics and arts industry professionals whose work engages with the contemporary Pacific. Confirmed speakers: Ruth McDougall, Dion Peita, Lisa Hilli, Latai Taumoepeau, Michael Kisombo, JD Mittman, Yvonne Carrillo‐Huffman, Lea Rumwaropen, Taloi Havini, Thelma Thomas, David Siliga Setoga, Mandy Treagus, Keren Ruki, Julia Mageau Gray, Angela Tiatia, Salote Tawale.

Mini program is available here [opens pdf]: SYMPOSIUM_MINI_PROGRAM


Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival 2014

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Annual Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival returns to Footscray Community Arts Centre in March 2014.

Presented in partnership with Footscray Community Arts Centre and CPAF, the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary showcase of the creative talents of the Australian contemporary Pacific arts community. Throughout the month of March, creative workshops and exhibitions are being held across various Melbourne locations, with the two-day main festival event and Symposium taking place at the Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC). All are invited to experience the distinct stories and art of the Pacific diaspora in Melbourne.

MAIN EVENTS

SYMPOSIUM
When:
21 March,  9:00am – 5:30pm   Where: FCAC Basement Theatre
The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium will bring together creative practitioners, community elders, academics and arts industry professionals whose work engages with the contemporary Pacific. Confirmed speakers include: Ruth McDougall, Dion Peita, Lisa Hilli, Latai Taumoepeau, Michael Kisombo, JD Mittman, Yvonne Carrillo‐Huffman, Lea Rumwaropen, Taloi Havini, Thelma Thomas, David Siliga Setoga, Mandy Treagus, Keren Ruki, Julia Mageau Gray, Angela Tiatia, Salote Tawale.

FESTIVAL OPENING
When: 21 March, 6:00pm-9:00pm   Where: FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery
Opening night will feature stirring performances from multi-disciplinary artist SistaNative (Seini Taumoepeau), contemporary Maori Dance troupe Toi Haka, and Samoan Dance troupe Tama Tatau, and the opening of art exhibitions Out of Sequence, Rize Of The Morning Star Photographic Exhibition, Bung Long Paia Ples and the Pasifika Youth Exhibition. Hospitality will be provided by the West Papuan community.

COMMUNITY DAY
When:
22 March from 11.00am   Where: FCAC
The Community Day will feature creative workshops for all ages, market and food stalls. Following a Pacific Welcome Ceremony, a performance stage by the Maribyrnong River will be the site for a FREE CONCERT featuring:

  • Rize of the Morning Star
  • Te Hononga O Nga Iwi
  • Nuholani and Mother of Pearl performers
  • Lisa Fa’alafi
  • Cocoa Jackson Lane
  • Tama Tatau
  • SistaNative (Emcee)

The extensive creative workshops program will include Niuean Weaving, Maori Weaving, Log Drumming, Oration, Hula, Ukelele, Print Making, Headdress Making and children’s activities. There will also be a Reading Room and Photo Booth open to the public.

WORKSHOPS

BILUM MAKING

When:  three Tuesdays – 4, 11 & 18 March, 6:00pm-9:00pm   Where: FCAC Jack Kennedy Room

Master Bilum Weaver Vicki Kinai will deliver a series of three workshops over February/March that have been developed by Vicki to teach the ancient technique of Bilums. Over the course of the workshops participants will learn how to roll their own rope and construct their very own Bilum!! Vicki Kinai is a Melbourne-based Fibre Artist, Melanesian Languages and Cultural Trainer, Exhibitor, Performer and Teacher. She hails from the village of Pitwa, located Southeast of Mt. Hagen town in Papua New Guinea. BOOK HERE.

MOTHER OF PEARL

When: four Tuesdays – 25 February, 4, 11 & 18 March, 6:00pm-9:00pm   Where:  FCAC Basement Theatre

‘Mother of Pearl ’ is an inter-generational dance and weaving project for Pacific daughters of all ages. A safe, fun and engaging space for women and their daughters to gather, learn and exchange cultural knowledges. Learn a dance routine and how to weave your own costumes with Pacific workshop facilitators Fipe Keanu (Dance), Tiffany Le Nevez (Dance) and Kui Taukilo (Weaver). Hard core laughter and mega fun is guaranteed!. Drawing on the strengths of Pacific oral traditions ‘Mother of Pearl’ is designed to bring together mamas and daughters, including mothers with daughters of Pacific heritage, in a shared and uplifting learning space. The workshops will culminate in a short performance alongside Tahitian/Hawaiian Dance Troupe ‘Nuholani‘ as part of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festivals’ Community Day event Saturday 22nd March. BOOK HERE.

PACIFIC ART YOUTH WORKSHOPS

When:  two Tuesdays – 25 February, 11 March, 6:00pm-9:00pm   Where: FCAC Artlife Studio

CPAF are offering a series of Pacific youth-focused workshops that will be delivered throughout February and March. Participants will learn about the cultural significance of traditional Pacific motifs and how contemporary artists draw on their heritage and will be encouraged to create works that will be displayed as part of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Workshops will be targeted at young people with Pacific Islander heritage and will engage participants in processes that blend popular contemporary art techniques including stenciling, paste-up street art, mask & headdress making and print making. All workshops will be delivered by artists of Pacific Islander heritage who bring their expertise and cultural knowledge to provide opportunities for participants to include culturally specific motifs and design into their final product. BOOK HERE.

SATELLITE EVENTS

FONOFALE [meeting house]

When: 12 March, 6.30-8.30pm Where: Wyndham Art Gallery, 177 Watton St, Werribee.

This Solo Exhibition by Fono McCarthy will consist of an installation of lightweight vessels [or barges] made from wood that gives a sense of flight, float and travel, they reference a symbol of activating the VA [space] representing the core principle in which these barges activate and transport knowledge. Special Performance by Grace Vanilau. More information HERE.

A CIRCLE TO WEAVE IN

When: 27 March, 6.30-830pm Where: Blak Dot Gallery, 413 Lygon St, East Brunswick.

Curated by Grace Vanilau and Jacob Tolo – ‘A Circle to Weave In’ (ACTWI)- brings together 3 highly respected Pacific weavers (using traditional and contemporary techniques) and a Pacific multi-media artist in a cross-disciplinary exploration of traditional craft and digital experimentation. Several workshops, held at Blak Dot gallery, leading up to the exhibition will be open to all wishing to learn traditional weaving. More information HERE.

LEI MAKING WORKSHOPS 

When: two Saturdays – 8 & 15 March Where: Blak Dot Gallery, 413 Lygon St, East Brunswick.

Lei making carries not only a blessing and tangible beauty, but also represents the giving of time and love as each one is hand-woven with care. Four Weaving Facilitators of Pacific heritage will offer participants the opportunity to learn 4 different adaptations of Lei’s, drawing on traditional Pacific weaving techniques. Workshop participants are welcome to contribute to a Lei wall installation as part of ‘A Circle to Weave In’ exhibition. The launch will be on the 27th March 2014. BOOK HERE.

PACIFIC PATTERN AND PORTRAITURE

When: three Saturdays – 1, 8 & 15 March Where: SIGNAL, Flinders Walk, Melbourne.

A FREE visual arts project for young Melbourne Pacific Islanders aged between 13-21 years. Participants will learn skills in stencil, visual art, camera operation and photoshop with Pacific Islander Artists. @ Signal, Flinders Walk, Northbank, Melbourne VIC 3001. Behind Flinders St Station towards Sandridge Bridge. BOOK HERE.

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival 2014 is supported by Arts Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Maribyrnong City Council, Blak Dot Gallery, Signal, City of Melbourne, Rize of the Morning Star, Victoria Maori Wardens, and Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund. 

For the full Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival program – including workshops, visual art exhibitions, satellite events and bookings, please visit:

http://footscrayarts.com/calendar/contemporary-pacific-arts-festival-2014/