She Claims: Art Matters #4 – Janet Lilo and Ane Tonga


event Details

At She Claims: Art Matters we celebrate the ideas and mana of creative women today. Through stirring conversation, two inspiring women with a creative practice discuss their work, culture, society or other topics they feel passionate, concerned, excited, elated or angry about. Session four is a conversation between Janet Lilo and Ane Tonga.


About the speakers

Visual artist Janet Lilo experiments with different media and technologies to present “what is familiar as something extraordinary”, often resulting in big-scale works that combine film with sound, objects and illustration. Local communities play a central role in her work, although you can discover many references to global media and pop culture too. Her CV states a bold and clear life goal: “making art and raising good, solid, feminist men”. Key works by Lilo are the banana light pole installations on Karangahape Road Don’t Dream It’s Over and neon installation Nobody puts Baby in a corner which was part of Auckland Art Gallery’s exhibition Shout Whisper Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show.

Ane Tonga is an artist, curator and writer. She has undertaken curatorial roles across Aotearoa which includes her former post as the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. She has examined notions of gender and feminism in Tongan society through a photographic investigation of nifo koula (gold teeth). Her publication Te Ringa Rehe (2017) traces the legacy of Te Arawa master weaver Emily Rangitiaria Schuster OBE QSM (1927–1997). The 2018 autumn edition of Art New Zealand features ‘Sissy That Walk’, a piece written by Ane on art and fashion collective The Pacific Sisters. Their exhibition Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists is currently on display at Te Papa Tongawera.


Run of events

5.30pm   Doors open – refreshments

6–7pm    Conversation and questions

7.30pm   Doors close

* Tickets come with a drink and canapés including cheeseboards generously provided by Whitestone Cheese Co.


Ticket information

Auckland Art Gallery Members pay $25 per event, or $65 for a series of three (Session #4 on 4 July, Session #5 on 8 August and Session #6 on 5 September). If you have a guest pass added to your Membership, you can bring a guest for the Members' price. Non-Members pay $75 for a single event, or $115 for a series of three – these tickets include a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery.

Members $25, non-Members $75
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