Visit the Gallery on the final day of the major retrospective exhibition, Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists, and stay for an afternoon of film screenings selected by the Pacific Sisters.
"Rewind my selector! Some of our most 'fresh' and 'flash' moments together caught on film, the magic and the mayhem".
Pacific Sisters Toi Art Gallery Opening ActiVAtion, Te Papa Museum (2018)
Director: Pākē Salmon
Pacific Sisters Fashion Activists - The process and the procession
"To be invited as a Hawaiian filmmaker & photographer by artist Rosanna Raymond was an absolute dream come true! To be able to connect with other Polynesian cousins across the Moana was inspiring, and to see the level of artistry and heritage coming together through their work, was eye and heart opening! I am humbled to have had such access to these mana Wahine" - Pākē Salmon
Pacific Sisters Montage
Curated by Rosanna Raymond
A favourite collection of behind the scenes Pacific Sisters images spanning 20+ years
'Motu Tagata' in Samoa (1996)
Director: Clifton May
Watch a rarely seen, home-movie style account of the Pacific Sisters journey to Samoa during the 7th Pacific Festival of the Arts in 1996 and their presentation of a new 'Urban Pacific' showcase of fashion, performance and music from Aotearoa/New Zealand, titled Motu Tagata, (Island People).
Travelling with over 30 artists, performers, fashion designers and production crew, the Pacific Sisters were hosted by one of the sister's family village of Malie, on the Island of Upolu. Although they were officially invited to the festival, their work and presence caused some controversy. Firstly Motu Tagata was deemed inappropriate by Festival directors and was excluded from the programme. They were also shut out of the opening ceremony when the New Zeland delegation refused to recognise them as fellow representatives. Determined to carry on, the group booked the fale Samoa within the Hotel Kitano Tusitala for two nights to showcase their presentation, which received rave reviews and a warm reception from both locals and Festival visitors.
Motu Tagata Cast & Crew (SAMOA & AUCKLAND SHOWS): Director/Performer: Rosanna Raymond, Producer/Performer: Feeonaa Wall, Executive Producer/Filmmaker: Clifton May , Sound: Victor Grbic, Production Assistant/Performer: Jaunnie Luisiana 'Illolahia, Photographer: Greg Semu, Artist/Performer: Ani O'Neill, Artist/Performer: Suzanne Tamaki, Filmmaker/Performer: Lisa Reihana, Musician & M.C: Tuafale Tanoa'i aka'Linda T', Musician/Performers: Siaosi Martin, Karlos Quartez, and Henry Ah-Foo Taripo. Musicians: Tuahine Kingi,Daphne Collins, Tim Finn, Teremoana Raply, Darryl Thompson (D.L.T), Che Fu, Slave, Manuel Bundy, Phatmosphere, Phil Fuemana & Posse from South Auckland, Emma Paki, Roots & Culture. Performers: Pure Funk & Mika. Additional Animation Footage Projector Mix: Lisa Reihana, Additional Film footage Projector Mix: Kerry Brown, Additional FIlm Footage Pacific Art Festival: Ant Sumich & Amanda Wright. Our thanks and praises to: Janine Clarkin, Ema Lyon, Janeen Tunnicliffe, Nina Tapu, Sophia Tekela-Smith, Toni Symons, Jean Clarkson, Selina Forsyth, Nephi Tupaea, Special Thanks to the Fa'amausili Vili Banse family of Malie in Samoa, especially Puppe, Penina and Fatu (Carol) Banse, Ken Moala from Le Taupou o Tane Association and the beautiful models from Samoa, Brent Clough, and Sefa Enari. Pacific Sisters sponsors: Workshop, Pacific Brand Corned Beef, Air New Zealand, Creative NZ, Malvinas Film Unit. Pacific Sisters Supporters: Mai FM, Phoenix Mineral Water, BFM, Reo Atumotu, Aotearoa Radio, Montana Wines, Texas Rose, Bell South, The Body Shop, Taonga Whenua Design,Max T.V, Tamatoa Magazine, Polygram Records, Southside Records, Tangata Records, Aotearoa T.V., Moving Pictures, Juice, Magazzino, Shoring Tempo Studio, Video Distributers, Terry Kalvenes, Kilburn Motors, Studio 2 Recording, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Levis, Tagata Pasifika, Radio Polynesia, and Malvinas Film Unit (Clifton/Sumich)
- Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium