PŪTAHI 5 i Tahiti, was an indigenous visual arts gathering hosted by the Centre des Metiers dʻArt, in Papeʻete from 16-30 June 2017. This gathering brought together visual artists from across the Pacific, including Tonga, New Caledonia, Hawaiʻi, Cook Islands, Aotearoa New Zealand, and French Polynesia. During our time together, we created work, shared stories, techniques, collaborated with each other, and enjoyed each others company. Opportunities like this allow us to establish lasting relationships with new friends and reaffirms those that exist with old ones. Sharing space with other visual artists from the Pacific was truly a rejuvenating experience. Even though at times we had difficulty communicating with one another, we each reawakened our ancestral bonds we share. Here are a couple of pictures of our time together and some of the work created.
On Saturday June 10, Bamboo Ridge is hosting a book reading of their journal, issue #110 at the Louis Pohl Gallery from 1-3pm. I am the featured visual artist in this issue and my work is used as the cover art. If you are free, come on by and meet some of the contributors to the issue and I will be doing a netting demonstration too. Kōkō ‘Ula runs until Friday, July 28.
Marques Hanalei Marzan
Kōkō ʻUla (The Cherished Carrying Net)
Tuesday 30 May – Friday 28 July 2017
Artist Reception: Friday 02 June, First Friday 6:00-8:30 pm
Respect is the foundation to understanding Hawaiian thought and world view. It is given to all things, from the upland forests to the vast expanse of the ocean, from the foods that provide sustenance to the hands that nurture and care for us. This intimate network of relationships holds us all accountable to one another.
When we are born, we are cradled in our mother’s arms. As a child, we are taught by our elders the connections we have with our world. As an adult, we strengthen that commitment to our world and create the next generation to carry on that responsibility. As an elder, we share the values that time has taught us. Respect is given and received over our lifetime and in time, when we can no longer walk because of old age, we are carried by our family in nets, ka i kōkō. The bonds created in this world do not cease when we get old and infirm, it is rather a time when our commitment needs to be its strongest. The wisdom of our kūpuna are treasures that deserve our utmost respect.
In the past, the kōkō, net carrier, was used to care for and protect our food and personal possessions when travelling, as well as our elders who were no longer able to walk on their own. This vessel, a physical manifestation of respect serves as a reminder to never forget that we are all connected, and are never truly alone.
This exhibition showcases 24 kapa makers whose work explores both traditional and contemporary use of materials and techniques in Hawaiian kapa. We are pleased to collaborate with Maui Historical Society / Bailey House Museum to include a selection of kapa artifacts from their collection.
Maile Andrade, Kawai Aona-Ueoka, Solomon ʻApio, R. Aʻiaʻi Bello, Kaʻiulani de Silva, Kamalu du Preez, Moana Eisele, Denby Freeland-Cole, Mililani Hanapi, Roen Hufford, Sabra Kauka, Gail Kuba, Pualani Maielua Lincoln, Marie McDonald, Marques Marzan, Vicki McCarty, Uʻilani Nahoʻolewa, Terry Reveira, Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, Wesley Sen, Emily Kaliko Spenser, Verna Takashima, Dalani Tanahy
Schaeffer International Gallery
Exhibit Dates: January 21 – March 09, 2014
Gallery Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Also open before Castle Theater shows, Admission is FREE.