Thirteen years ago G Lazaro and NiaVal shared a very special journey - together in a Mangere community centre with 40 women of Pukapukan descent (a small island atoll in the Northern part of the Cook Islands) they began a process of teaching, sharing and exchanging.
These women hold numerous roles as homemakers, mothers, wives, daughters, grandmothers, and are also the backbone of their community.
Today these artists have come together to create an exhibition that honours those stories and that journey. NiaVal connects with the organic nature of the taro plantation through glass sculptures, while G Lazaro’s work reflects the warrior spirit which is very much a part of our lives.
This is where women cultivate, nurture and harvest the crops not only in the field, but in the home and in society.
NiaVal’s work has been inspired by these women and in the process she has collaborated with three male musicians, Masuni Semih Mutlu (Turkey), Jeremie Vahua (Tahiti/ Cook Islands) and Danny Kaitamaki (Rarotonga) to orchestrate their musical talents in arranging and composing three musical pieces that create one narrative and one sound.
In addition, she has also invited director and dramaturge Dione Joseph to breathe movement into the work, to create a contemporary dance piece performed at the opening. This she co-choregraphed with dancers Nikki Upoko, Niaval and Tokoaniela Ngaro Tali.
This is a unique performance art installation and plantation of work that honours and invites you to join in our conversation. The taro is ready to be harvested, this is the time.