‘Amui ‘i Mu‘a: Ancient Futures Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi
with contributing essays by Dr. Billie Lythberg, Dr. Phyllis Herda Dr. Melenaite Taumoefolau and Dr. Seini Taufa
Contemporary artists, academics and master practitioners of Tongan art celebrate the treasures of the Kingdom of Tonga and the history of their dispersal throughout world institutions and collections.
This book documents two landmark events:
The first, a symposium in Nuku‘alofa, Tonga, in early October 2019, focused on the material culture of Tonga held in public and private collections worldwide. The research team led by Dr. Phyllis Herda, … Continue reading →
Hinemihi: Te Hokinga – The Return Hamish Coney and Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera with contributions by Jim Schuster, Lyonel Grant and photographs by Mark Adams
The journey of the carved house Hinemihi o Te Ao Tawhito (Hinemihi of the old world) is one defined by cataclysmic events and the unpredictability of elemental forces. Through eruptions, fires, wars and displacement she has endured. Today she is an honoured kuia, revered by her iwi in the United Kingdom and her original owners and creators, Tūhourangi, as well as the wider iwi of Te Arawa.
SEEDS OF LIFE: The Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski Craig Hilton and Bruce Mahalski With foreword by Billie Lythberg. Ph.D
‘Seeds of Life – the Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski’ is a new book by scientist and artist, Craig Hilton. It realises the symbiotic potential of art–science collaborations with an unrelenting intensity. Both Mahalski and Hilton are interested in the ethical and philosophical implications of using biological material (living and non-living) in art to critique what they see as outdated and ‘species-dangerous’ social norms. The ethics of collecting biological material and making art with it are also … Continue reading →