Recommenced: Talatala i fala (Un-weaving the mat) with Jasmine Tuiā
Over tea and snacks Jasmine Tuiā and her family will be sharing stories of what connects us to home. Materials will be provided for the participants to stitch imagery of places, objects or subjects that represent a memory of home (whether its a place, person or space). Tuia will be sharing selected oral stories that inspired her making of the video work Lalaga i fala (weaving (of) the mat) featured in the New Artists Show 2020
Jasmine Tuiā examines concepts of Moana practises in relation to indigenous Samoan narratives through the mediums of print, photography, moving image and tapa (Siapo) making. In 2019, Tuiā completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, where she is currently undertaking her Masters. Work by the artist duo VVAI, which was formed by Tuiā alongside Ashleigh Taupaki, is included in the RM 'Women's Moving Image Archive'. Her most recent exhibitions include WTF: Where You From (2020), Te Uru, and Hauraki/Matautu Lefaga (2020), Window Gallery.
In the 'New Artists Show 2020', her work 'Lalaga i fala (weaving (of) the mat)' consists of a video work depicting the processes of eco-dying and the embroidery of Samoan tapa alongside an installation in the main gallery space. Together, these elements amplify Moana practises through the spaces, stories, and memories held by Moana people; exhibiting Tuiā’s advocacy for maintaining and regenerating Indigenous knowledge.
'Lalaga i fala' formulates processes of Siapo making as embedded with cultural or genealogical knowledge, enmeshing the survival of these processes in post-colonial healing and the remembering, reciprocating, and reviving of Samoan values.