Oil on unstretched canvas

Courtesy of the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery, New Zealand

One of the most signifcant artists, poets, and educators in the Pacifc, John Pule has also crucially contributed to the research and revival of hiapo, the highly original tradition of barkcloth in his native Niue. The works included in the exhibition are deeply informed by the visual language of hiapo, as well as by some references found in these ancient artworks, in further dialogue with Pule’s own interests in cosmology, religion, migration, and colonialism, appearing as forms of mapping in which the cosmos, the ocean, lands, people and their histories reveal themselves little by little.


The artist’s participation is made possible with support from Mobile Library: Nepal, a collaboration between Asia Art Archive and Siddhartha Arts Foundation.

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