Cook Islands - Exhibition


The National Museum of Cook Islands


Opening speach by Ngarima George, Director of National Museum


RikiIndruduction by Mahiriki Tangaora, Exhibition Coordinator - Cook Islands and participating artist












View into the exhibition
STRANGE FRUIT Kofi Setordji Ghana (in front)


TONGAN TAPA Unknown artist, Tonga (back, hanging from top)
This tapa is made from bark of the Banyan tree



PAIERE - MAUKE Ngavi‘i Tere, Mauke, Cook Islands (in front) decorated with Banyan leaves. The Banyan tree is not a native to the South Pacific. It is a plant that was introduced many centuries ago by seafaring Polynesian ancestors came from South East Asia.


A.W.C. Ralf Tooten Thailand (center)
MOTHER TREE Ananda Surya India (right)


BANYAN VOODOU S.K. Sampaio Togo


FLOWER WOMEN Meveana Hutchinson Cook Is.


UFO Thorsten Nass Netherlands


Video Projection:
ROSE OF JERICHO (LIVING ORNAMENT)
Anja Vormann + Gunnar Friel Germany
FEM OAK Matthias Neuenhofer Germany
CLIM(B)AX Clea T. Waite USA


TAHITI RA´AU Andreas Dettloff Tahiti


MARKET PEOPLE Iwayan Suama Bali Indonesia


TREES Veronika Radulovic Germany


Video Projection:
A CHILD BECOMES A FATHER Juhani Koivumaki Finland
SOLOMON ISLANDS BANYAN TREE FAIRY TALE
Clinton Kiko Zinihite Solomon Islands
ENFANT DE LA RUE Max B Benin
PASSAGE D´UN GUERRIER REVOLUTIONAIRE Vitshois Mwilambwe-Bondo R. D. Congo
STILL LIFE Susanne S. D. Themlitz Portugal
ORA Corinne Cimerman Tahiti


TE RO Timi Teanuanua Tahiti


SEEDS Thorsten Streichardt Germany (right)


MRS. PORN GIVES A TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE
Christine Falk Germany (in center)


KRITZKRATZ CITY Kritz Kratz Germany (from right)
SOME PLACE TO BELONG Mahiriki Tangaroa Cook Islands
SIGN OF THE SHINING FLAME Josaja Mc Namara Fiji
KOJ PROJECT Sakarin Krue-on Thailand (from left)


Vie BUDDHA 1 - X Khin Zaw Latt Myanmar (from left)
ROCKS AND STICHES Jean Paul Forest Tahiti
SKULL PLANT Amrit Chusuwan Thailand

Video Projection:
TOTEM OF HEAVENLY WISHDOM Tamiko Thiel Germany
ZAANSE KLEDEN Hieke Pars Netherlands
CONNECTING EVERYWHERE Laiza Pautehea Tahiti

PAUSING IN DIFFERENCE S. Winkler + S. Köperl Germany


LOVE MAGIC George Tancredo Guyana


STICK Birgit Kammerlohr Germany (front)

THE BANYAN TREE
Travelling Visual Art Exhibition
Cook Islands National Museum
8th - 22nd January 2010

During January of 2010 the Cook Islands National Museum hosts the Banyan Project, a major international exhibition featuring 50 artists from 20 countries including the Cook Islands. The show comprises of paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs and installations.

Exhibition Curator Alfred Banze who first visited the Cook Islands in 1993 is pleased to welcome the audience to a “journey around the world.” After Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Berlin and Papeete, Rarotonga is the 5fth station to feature the world wide touring exhibition. Representing the Cook Islands are local artists Mereana Hutchinson and Mahiriki Tangaroa.

A guided tour
through the exhibition took place on Friday 8th January.

A Banyan Workshop
for young and established artists took place on the 11th - 12th of January.

Inspired by the Banyan tree and the artwork of many countries and cultures, the Banyan exhibition combines tradition and modernity, to a global experiment in art and cultural practice. The touring exhibition shows both, the artworks and their interpretations - Remixes - developed in art workshops by children and young people from around the world. Banze has organized numerous workshops for children and young people in schools, galleries, cultural centers and artists’ studios in many countries around the globe. The now displayed exhibition shows both, the original artworks and the remixes by children and young people, all inspired by the Banyan Tree.

In the northern latitudes the Banyan Tree is known as “Ficus” in the flowerpot. In the tropics, it is revered, loved and feared. In the Polynesian culture, the Ava, also called Ora, and the Mati have cultural importance.