Michel Tuffery

Povi 2001

Povi 2001 by Michel Tuffery

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Povi, cow or bull in the Samoan language, is intricately made from unused ‘Ox & Palm’ corned beef tins, at once the container and the contained. Tinned corned beef is an introduced and imported dietary staple of Pacific communities, often to the detriment of their population’s health. While there is usually an element of humour in Tuffery’s work this is undercut by the cultural and environmental concerns that are central to his practice. (Recent Contemporary Acquisitions, 2002)

Povi 2001
Michel Tuffery
Production date
aluminium, plywood, tin, rivets, wheels, lights and polyurethane
1500 x 2000 x 800 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, commissioned 2000
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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