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Marlaina Key, So long, farewell, 2005

List of Artists:
Taryn Beri
Kiwi Biddle
Quinton Carrington
Joanne Currie Nalingu
Matt Dowman
Jenny Fraser
Ian George
Kay George
Goroka bilum Festival PNG
Bilum Makers Cooperative
Niki Hastings McFall
Alfred Haure
Michael Haure
Lonnie Hutchinson
John Ioane
Anita Jacobsen
Juse One
Robyn Kahukiwa
Leilani Kake
Chris Kauage
Richard Kereopa
Marlaina Key
Shigeyuki Kihara
Taylor Kingi
Terry Kolomatangi Klavenes
Lily Laita
Andy Leleisi'uao
Janet Lilo
Lina Marsh
Tracey Moffatt
Martin Morububuna
Herman Pi’ikea Clark
Diane Prince
Shona Pitt
Rosanna Raymond
Marlon Rivers
Siliga David Setoga
John Suine
Taniela Taniela
Ema Tavola
Tracey Tawhiao
Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi
Michel Tuffery
Niwhai Tupaea
Thomas Umba
Glenda Vilisoni

Click here for a PDF of the exhibition monograph!

NIU PASIFIK is an exhibition of contemporary art by 46 artists and designers from New Zealand and the Pacific Rim from my personal collection. Several of the works are from exhibitions I have curated over the years.

NIU PASIFIK includes work from my first curated exhibition in 1994; other works are newly commissioned or acquired pieces, the most recent being in 2010. There is a sense of history to the exhibition: it’s a journey through a personal collection which never started intentionally as a ‘collection ‘ but has evolved to be a powerful representation of contemporary art from the Pacific Rim.

NIU PASIFIK features multimedia work including graffiti art, painting, drawing, animation, embroidery, textile, street fashion and tattoo. The artists come from New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The show celebrates over 16 years of independent curating, including landmark exhibitions Island Crossings (2000) – the first exhibition of Contemporary Maori and Pacific art to tour to Australia, Out of the Blue (2001), Urban Pacific (2007) and Spirit of the People – New Melanesian art (2009); all of national and international significance.

Quite a lot of the art in NIU PASIFIK looks at youth and street culture which reflects my interest in young people and my work with young Pacific artists and designers. Teaching as I have for over 16 years keeps me fresh and always learning. “Working with young people is really invigorating and they are one of my main target audiences when I’m thinking about exhibitions”. [1]

The mix of work by new generation and established artists and designers makes for an interesting exhibition; the diversity of creative expression and talent on display creates a charged space where a polyphonic discourse is exchanged: a platform where the artist’s voice is heard and given primacy.

NIU PASIFIK marks more than 40 independent, curated exhibitions. The NIU PASIFIK artists explore a range of issues and concerns such as identity and identification, spirituality, the environment, globalisation, technology, representation, colonisation, survival and of what it is to speak from the position of different cultures. It’s a forum for interaction, discussion and exchange.

“If we are not moved, if we stand still – the status quo is our reward”. [2]

Giles Peterson
April 2010

“I see the exhibitions that I curate as catalysts
and markers of change.“

[1] A. McCarthy, ‘ Curator in Diversity: Giles Peterson’s dynamic exhibitions’, Neochroma Magazine, Auckland: Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, March 2003, p.4.
[2] L. Lippard, ‘ Mixed Blessings: New Art in Multicultural America ‘, New York: Pantheon books, 1990, p 22.