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O le Malaga

03 Nov 2017 - 09 Dec 2017

Ana Teofilo, Fiafia (Joy), 2017

Friday 3 November 2017, 9.00am - Saturday 9 December 2017, 3.00pm

  • Exhibition open: 3 Nov - 9 Dec
  • Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat & Sun 1pm–4pm

Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland

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O le Malaga refers to the notion of a journey – in this case, both personal and collective journeys.

Ana Teofilo’s exhibition by this name features a selection of paintings made over the past few years that are based around her heritage and Fa’a Samoa.

Both Christianity and ‘aiga/family are central to Fa’a Samoa.

Large circular paintings represent the artist’s grandfather, while smaller works refer to her current pregnancy.

The tondo, or circular format, is a metaphor for Teofilo’s ‘circle of life’ and family relationships.

The paintings also reference music, carving and tatau; and they feature strong colour, patterning, texture drawing on cultural meanings and ancestry.