Hello my name Sione Monu and I am a visual artist. I will be
having my first solo exhibition on 5 August at Otara Fresh Gallery
and it is called Kahoa Kakala.
Kahoa Kakala builds on my experimental work with nimamea'a
tuikakala, or the Tongan fine arts of flower designing using the
form of kahoa or Tongan garlands.
Connecting place, people and the different environments in which
I work, this exhibition brings my expanded family and aspects of
the spiritual and ecological contexts of art-making in Tonga and
Tāmaki Makaurau together into one room.
For public programs as part of this show I've invited
contemporary Tongan fine artists for workshops in the practice of
Ngatuwise tui Kakala and Kahoa Heilala, which will be led by
artists Evesi Vao and Sulieti Fieme'a Burrows.
Held in the space will be 16 large-scale photographs. I plan to
print to the highest quality so as to hold the integrity of each
portrait. I am very excited to share these works with you all and
hope you can help me bring it to fruition.