Repurposing, Recycling, Revisioning: Pacific Arts and the (Post)colonial

Jean Anderson

Abstract


Taking a broad approach to the concept of recycling, I refer to a range of works, from sculpture to film, street art and poetry, which depict issues of importance to Indigenous peoples faced with the (after) effects of colonisation. Does the use of repurposed materials and/or the knowledge that these objects are the work of Indigenous creators change the way we respond to these works, and if so, how?


Keywords


Pacific artists; food colonisation; reappropriation; speaking back; culture

Full Text:

PDF

References


Arahanga, B., Aumua, A.J., Freshwater, M., Fuemana, D., George, M., Guttenbeil-Likiliki, O., McCartney, M., Whippy, N. & Whippy, S. (Directors). (2019). Vai. [Motion picture]. Vendetta Films.

Burns, W.C.G. (2002). Pacific Island Developing Country Water Resources and Climate Change. The World’s Water 2002-2003 (pp. 113-131). Island Press. https://pacinst.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/worlds_water_2002_chapter53.pdf

Centre des Métiers d’Art de Polynésie française (n.d.). Tokai Devatine Installation https://www.facebook.com/831550423574058/photos/tokai-devatine-installation/1987278298001259/

City Gallery Wellington / Te Whare Toi (n. d.) Past Exhibition: Bottled Ocean, 17 May-7 August 1994. https://citygallery.org.nz/exhibitions/bottled-ocean/

Devatine, J-D. T. (2020). Personal communication.

Errington, F. & Gewertz, D. (2008). Pacific Island Gastrologies: Following the Flaps. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society (N.S.), 14 (3), 590-608. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20203687

Gifford, A. (2006) Man on a Pacific Mission. New Zealand Herald. 21 November. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10411775

GSUTV (n.d.). Special Edition: The Plastic Gyre. [Video]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmdHoS63hPE

Hay, J. (2005). Povi Christkeke by Michel Tuffery. Christchurch Art Gallery / Te Puna o Waiwhetū. https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/blog/collection/2005/06/povi-christkeke-by-michel-tuffery

Herman, L. E. (1998). Trash Formations. Recycled Materials in Contemporary American Art and Design. Whatcom Museum of History and Art.

Hollingshead, I. (2011). Tales of Cannibalism from the South Pacific. The Telegraph. 18 October. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/8831702/Tales-of-cannibalism-from-the-South-Pacific.html

HTJ Artworks (n.d.). HTJ Artworks website. http://www.htjartworks.com/

Jetñil-Kijiner, K. (2017). Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter. University of Arizona Press.

Kaur, A. (2019). A ‘Rough Road’ as Military Buildup Projects are in ‘Full Force’. USA Today Pacific Daily News, May 23. https://eu.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2019/05/23/guam-camp-blaz-us-military-asia-pacific/1200366001/

Kirtland, K. A., Cho, P., & Geiss, L. S. (2015). Diabetes Among Asians and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders – United States, 2011-2014. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. November 20, 64(45), 1261-1266. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6445a2.htm?scid=mm6445a2w

Krier, B. A. (1988). Trash Furniture. Los Angeles Times, 14 August. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-08-28-vw-1424-story.html

Le Boisselier, V. & Lecas, M. (2018). En Polynésie française, la multiplication des maladies fait craindre pour les enfants. Slate, 12 septembre. http://www.slate.fr/story/166856/polynesie-francaise-nucleaire-irradiation-heredite

Mallon, S. (2012). Urban Art and Popular Culture. In P. Brunt & N. Thomas (Eds.), Art in Oceania. A New History (pp. 440-465). Thames and Hudson.

Mallon, S. & Fulimalo Pereira, P. (Eds.) (1997) Speaking in Colour. Conversations with Artists of Pacific Island Heritage. Te Papa Press.

Narula, S. K. (2016). Imperial Scraps: Thanks for Mutton, New Zealand: Your Fatty Meat Products are Making Tonga Obese. Quartz, 20 January. https://qz.com/597669/thanks-for-the-mutton-new-zealand-your-fatty-meat-products-are-making-tonga-obese/

NPR (National Public Radio) (2010). A Bottled-Water Drama In Fiji. 1 December. https://www.npr.org/2010/12/01/131733493/A-Bottled-Water-Drama-In-Fiji

Perez, C. S. (n.d.). Spam’s Carbon Footprint. Poets.org. https://poets.org/poem/spams-carbon-footprint

Smith, M. R. (2017). Indigenous Graffiti and Street Art as Resistance. In S. H. Awad & B. Wagoner (Eds.), Street Art of Resistance (pp. 251-274). Palgrave.

Spivak, G. C. (1995). Can the Subaltern Speak? In B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths & H. Tiffin (Eds.), The Postcolonial Studies Reader (pp. 24-35). The Psychology Press.

Split This Rock (n.d.). Craig Santos Perez, Spam’s Carbon Footprint. Split This Rock. https://www.splitthisrock.org/poetry-database/poem/spams-carbon-footprint

Stevenson, K. (2008). The Frangipani is Dead. Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand. Huia Books.

Street Art Avenue (2015, 12 Mai). https://street-art-avenue.com/2015/05/julien-seth-malland-ono-u-festival-tahiti-11326

Taylor, R., Zimmer, P., Naseri, T., Hufanga, S., Tukana, I., Magliano, D. J., Lin, S., Linhart, C., & Morrell, S. (2016). Erroneous Inflation of Diabetes Prevalence: Are There Global Implications? Journal of Diabetes, 8 (6), November, 766-769. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-0407.12447

Te Ara / The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (n. d.). Bottled Ocean.

https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/44240/bottled-ocean-1994

Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand (n.d.). Pisupo lua afe (Corned beef 2000) by Michel Tuffery. https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/1110

Te Pū Centre des Métiers d’Art (2016). Manava: art contemporain polynésien: Tahiti [catalogue de l’exposition qui s’est tenue du 8 juin au 28 septembre 2013 à Tahiti et du 6 décembre au 25 janvier 2015 à WUHO]. Te Pū Centre des Métiers d’Art.

Thomas, N. (1996). From Exhibition to Exhibitionism: Recent Polynesian Representations of ‘Otherness’. The Contemporary Pacific, 8 (2), 319-348.

Tuffery, M. (n.d.). Sculpture. http://micheltuffery.co.nz/portfolio/sculpture/

Tukuitonga, C. (2016). Diabetes Remains Major Health Challenge in the Pacific. Devpolicyblog (Australian National University). 26 October.

https://devpolicy.org/diabetes-remains-major-health-challenge-pacific-20161026/

Turgovnick, M. (1990). Gone Primitive. Savage Intellects, Modern Lives. University of Chicago Press.

Wikipédia (n.d.). Julien Malland (Seth). https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julien_Malland_(Seth)




DOI: https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.19.1.2020.3733

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2020 Jean Anderson