Pasefika Arts and Crafts

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Here are some useful titles of Pacific Art books. These books are available to be borrowed and we also hold a copy of most of them in the New Zealand Collection or Māori Collection on the second floor of Central Library. In addition to books, there is a very useful website Tautai: Guiding Pacific arts whose aim “is to provide Pacific artists with the necessary tools to help them develop their art practices and thrive as individuals in their communities.” This site has useful resources such as links to groups, institutions or organisations dedicated to funding, professional development, awards and competitions. Other useful websites are the Victoria University Pacifc studies pages Pacific Studies, and the University of Canterbury Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies.

Syndetics book coverFatu Feu’u on life & art / [by Fatu Feu’u interviewed by Shona Jennings ; photography by Evotia Tamua].
“Fatu Feu’u is an internationally recognised Samoan-New Zealand artist who has been . at the forefront of the contemporary Pacific art movement in NZ over the past 20 years. He has also been forging a worldwide interest in this genre, and has been nurturing a generation of Pacific artists. This is his story from wilful Samoan-village boy to the global art world. His thoughts on art and life are woven into an inspiring tale that helps us understand what drives him, and what’s behind his art.” (based on the cover jacket)

Syndetics book coverPacific art in detail / Jenny Newell.
“Introduces the riches of Oceanic art through astonishing close-up views of rarely seen treasures from behind the scenes at the Oceanic collection at the British Museum. The pieces chosen for the book use a wide range of materials and techniques and illustrate major themes such as creation, land and sea, connections to gods and ancestors, or spiritual power. The author discusses ‘What is Pacific art?’ while short annotations place each individual art work in its cultural context.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPasefika : the Festival of Pacific Arts / Floyd K. Takeuchi.
“Every four years the Pacific Islands best dancers and performers gather and the result is The Festival of Pacific Arts. This is a celebration showcasing two weeks of the finest dancers, singers, carvers and other cultural masters from across the Pacific. This book tells the story of the 10th Festival that was held in American Samoa, with more than 2,000 artists and performers traveled to Tutuila Island for the occasion together with thousands of local and international visitors. Well illlustrated.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverArt in Oceania : a new history / Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Mallon, Lissant Bolton, Deidre Brown, Damian Skinner and Susanne Küchler ; edited by Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas, assisted by Stella Ramage.
“The arts of Oceania are astonishing: great statues, daunting tattoos, dynamic carving, dazzling woven and painted fabrics, intricately carved weapons, and a bewildering variety of ornaments, ritual objects, and utilitarian but beautiful things. This landmark book breaks new ground by setting the art of Oceania in its full historical context and capturing an up-to-date understanding of the field. From archaeological findings of prehistoric art to the impact of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical processes, it explores influences such as migration, trade, missionaries, pacification, tourism, nationalism and contemporary market factors, offering abundant new interpretations and addressing significant gaps in other publications. … This beautifully illustrated volume will appeal to general readers interested in world art, collectors, university students, scholars and museum professionals in the field.” (publisher’s description)

Syndetics book cover Home AKL : artists of Pacific heritage in Auckland, by Ron Brownson … [et. al].
“Home AKL was a dynamic exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery, presenting works by Pacific artists, most of whom live in Auckland. It reveals the increasingly significant role Pacific art plays in New Zealand’s identity and cultural landscape, and includes work by more than 20 artists whose heritage derives from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu. Artworks include those by prominent Pacific artists – Lonnie Hutchinson, Ioane Ioane, Shigeyuki Kihara, Andy Leleisi’uao, Paul Tangata and Teuane Tibbo – and emerging talents such as Leilani Kake, Janet Lilo and Siliga David Setoga. Artist biographies are detailed.” (adapted from the publisher’s description).

Syndetics book coverTreasured possessions : indigenous interventions into cultural and intellectual property / Haidy Geismar. “Based around Vanuatu and New Zealand, the author examines the different paths each have used to assert intellectual and cultural property rights. The historical and legal contexts are first explored. Cultural intellectual property is a hot topic in asserting indigenous sovereignty, and cultural survival.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverArts of the Pacific Islands / Anne D’Alleva.
“In this comprehensive survey of the art of the Pacific Islands, including the Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, and New Guinean traditions, author Anne DAlleva explains the significance of these artworks by contextualizing them within each islands unique culture and practices. In the process, DAlleva examines the biases of both artists and Western viewers, telling an important history of both people and ideas through a detailed analysis of sculpture, paintings, textiles, dance, jewelry, and architecture. As these nations faced alternating periods of isolation, colonization, and contact with each other and the West, their forms of art were drastically altered to incorporate foreign influences and to develop autonomous identities and cultural independence.” (publisher’s description)