Kupesi in Colour

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Nexus Arts Gallery at Nexus Arts

Lion Arts Centre, Cnr North Tce & Morphett St, Adelaide, SA, 5000

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  • Suitable for audiences who speak English as a second Language
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About this event

In this exhibition, Tongan/Australian artist BAY investigates the ancient art form of Tongan Kupesi. The traditional method of story-telling through pattern and metaphor is sadly being lost. By focussing on traditional elements, and cultural symbolism, colour and identity will combine to breathe new life into a forgotten art.

BAY is an Adelaide based visual artist whose work explores mental health and her Tongan ancestry. Cultural symbols and metaphors in Polynesian design have inspired her most recent body of work, investigating the traditional and dying art of Kupesi (Tongan pattern making). As she forms a deeper connection with her islander heritage, her paintings become a platform to communicate lost culture and pacific storytelling.
Exhibition Opening Thursday February 27th at 5.30pm.

Presented by:
Nexus Arts

Over the last 30 years Nexus Arts has worked consistently to create performance and presentation opportunities, develop programs, and to advocate for inclusion of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) artists and communities within mainstream arts. Nexus’ programs have challenged and questioned cultural stereotypes and have generated critical debate within both contemporary arts and community contexts.

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