Armfuls of Eclectic Pieces: Poetic-Photographic Essay
Keywords:Poem, Ma’ohi, French Polynesia, Fragmentation, Creative Recycling
As a writer and poet, I am particularly interested in language(s), in words in Tahitian and in French. Since 2016, I have explored themes of survival, duration, continuity, and transmission through poetry and artworks made of materials evoking cracks, fractures, disruption, remains, remnants, separation, and loss. In this poetic-photographic essay, I reflect on my creative process and show how Tahitian concepts, such as HU’A, HU’AHU’A, HI’O, HI’OHI’O, GLASS, MIRROR, and ITE, SIGHT, KNOWLEDGE, WITNESS have inspired my artworks. I explore how the elements I collected and transformed are both a mirror of society and an invitation to create new images and ideas. I also highlight the importance of – establishing a dialogue between French and – Tahitian and other Indigenous languages for conceptualising the arts and creativity.
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