At the end of July, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki was thrilled to share its new publication, Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda. Produced to accompany the exhibition and launched at the symposium, ‘Declaration: Setting the Agenda’, the publication amplifies a rallying call for the power of collective leadership, vision and radical hope in the Pacific.
Bringing together 12 prominent artists from across the Pacific, the exhibition Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda proclaimed a Pacific feminist agenda in tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time: climate crisis, gender equality, Indigenous sovereignty and social justice. Featuring installation, performance, photography and moving image works, including major new commissions by Jasmine Togo-Brisby and Molly Rangiwai-McHale and Luisa Tora, the exhibition’s cross-pollination of voices affirmed the empowering power of collective action.
Bold, energetic and resounding, Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda echoes the exhibition’s talanoa. Profiling each artwork in beautiful page spreads and replete with essays and poems by leading Pacific artists, poets, activists and cultural thinkers, the publication immerses readers in the exhibition’s rallying vision and spirit.