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Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific (review)

Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific (review) an acknowledgement and honoring of his remarkable achievements as Pacific novelist, poet, artist, and playwright extraordinaire! Ia manuia le tapuaiga! (Blessed are the nonparticipants; thank you for all the moral support from those not directly involved.) duction as art, Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific -- thoughtfully curated by Melissa Chiu, herself an Australian--has a very different, political and conceptual edge. Consisting of forty-five works by fifteen contemporary artists, the central frame of this exhibition (accompanied and illuminated by an excellent catalog) lies in the artists' engagement with influential images of the Pacific forged by eighteenthcentury French and English explorers, familiar images of insular, verdant islands with friendly, uninhibited people. The artists--some residents of New Zealand, but including Mäori, New Caledonian, Samoan, Fijian, Torres Strait Islander, Rotuman, and Niuean--respond in different ways to the confinements and concealments of the Paradise myth. With different particular histories, coming from different islands, they also represent an emergent "Pacific" identity in the region, one more cosmopolitan and distinct from the themes of the familiar Primitivism so vehemently rejected in critical writing over the past few decades, and also one that does not disclaim its histories. Different strategies and tactics of engagement http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (1) – Jan 27, 2005

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an acknowledgement and honoring of his remarkable achievements as Pacific novelist, poet, artist, and playwright extraordinaire! Ia manuia le tapuaiga! (Blessed are the nonparticipants; thank you for all the moral support from those not directly involved.) duction as art, Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific -- thoughtfully curated by Melissa Chiu, herself an Australian--has a very different, political and conceptual edge. Consisting of forty-five works by fifteen contemporary artists, the central frame of this exhibition (accompanied and illuminated by an excellent catalog) lies in the artists' engagement with influential images of the Pacific forged by eighteenthcentury French and English explorers, familiar images of insular, verdant islands with friendly, uninhibited people. The artists--some residents of New Zealand, but including Mäori, New Caledonian, Samoan, Fijian, Torres Strait Islander, Rotuman, and Niuean--respond in different ways to the confinements and concealments of the Paradise myth. With different particular histories, coming from different islands, they also represent an emergent "Pacific" identity in the region, one more cosmopolitan and distinct from the themes of the familiar Primitivism so vehemently rejected in critical writing over the past few decades, and also one that does not disclaim its histories. Different strategies and tactics of engagement

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 27, 2005

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