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Mohe Ofi – Tanya Edwards and Lu’isa Veakovi Fonua Nau

08 Dec 2017 - 27 Jan 2018


Friday 8 December 2017, 10.00am - Saturday 27 January 2018, 5.00pm

  • Exhibition: 8 Dec - 27 Jan
  • Gallery hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 8am-2pm & closed Sun, Mon & public holidays

Fresh Gallery Ōtara, 5/46 Fair Mall, Ōtara Town Centre, Auckland

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Art Exhibition by two Tongan-based artists; Tanya Edwards and Lu’isa Veakovi Fonua Nau.

The pair work in the customary art of Tongan Ngatu (tapa) developing kupesi boards, stencils and forms of print making. 

The title Mohe Ofi, translates as 'sleeping near'. Mohe Ofi is a term of endearment in Tonga, often referring to the relationship between a mother and her child but in the broader sense it refers to the responsibilities a mother has to teach Tongan culture to the next generation.

When people in Tonga say you are Mohe Ofi it is a compliment as they usually mean you have been brought up well. Both Tanya Edwards and Luisa Veakovi Fonua Nau’s work has been shaped and influenced by their mothers and the stories and lessons they have imparted to them through their own traditional art works.

Mohe Ofi can also be understood as a measure of richness in a Tongan context – where being ‘rich’ is not automatically defined by wealth and power. In Tonga rules and norms define every place and type of interaction – from home, church, work and the street and the Royal Palace to a wedding or funeral.

This richness is seen in roles defined initially by families, ultimately extending throughout the nation.

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