This art exhibition opened on 1 March 2007 featuring work from some of New Zealand’s leading contemporary visual artists. LE FOLAUGA showcases what is arguably the best contemporary pacific art exhibition to be seen in New Zealand for many years.

The genesis for the exhibition came from a conversation in 2005 between artist and then Tautai Trust manager Lonnie Hutchinson and Auckland Museum curator Fuli Pereira. Their idea was to parallel the museum’s historical Vaka Moana – Voyage of our Ancestors major exhibition with a concurrent exhibition of contemporary pacific art.

The name, LE FOLAUGA, was suggested by artist and Tautai member Johnny Penisula and encapsulates the idea of bringing the learned histories of the past with us into the future, as well as the notion of ‘a flotilla moving together and forward’. The participating artists have been invited to engage, re-interpret, and re-contextualise items from the Pacific collection (featured in Vaka Moana) to give a reading and context for those traditional taonga from the homelands.
The exhibition, curated by Fuli Pereira (Curator - Pacific at Auckland Museum) and Tautai trustee Ron Brownson (Senior Curator, New Zealand and Pacific Art, Auckland Art Gallery), is a partnership between the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.

The stunning line-up of exhibition participants present a representative sample of the best artwork being created in Aotearoa/New Zealand by pacific artists working across a wide variety of media who include: Edith Amituanai, Fatu Feu’u, Steven Gwaliasi, Niki Hastings-McFall, Lonnie Hutchinson, John Ioane, Shigeyuki Kihara, Andy Leleisi’uao, Itiri Ngaro, Ani O’Neill, Johnny Penisula, Filipe Tohi, Michel Tuffery and Jim Vivieaere.

Tautai receives significant funding from Creative New Zealand and ASB Community Trust
Photography: Jennifer French