Mahiriki Tangaroa




Mahiriki Tangaroa Rarotonga, Cook Islands: "Some place to belong" Painting
mahiriki12@hotmail.com

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Banyan Presentations and Workshops:

24-02-04 Oceania Center USP Suva Fiji

09-03-04 Pondok Pekak Library Ubud Bali Indonesia

22-3-04 MAF Bangkok 2004

07-9-04 Künstlerhaus Bethanien

23-10-04 Galerie Wohlfahrt Rotterdam

29-10-04 Haferkamp Münster

30-10-04 Deux Machine Festival München

01-11-04 Kunstkammer Stuttgart

25-02-05 MAF Bangkok

16-03-05 Yunnan Art Academy
Kunming China

26-03-05 Janghu Festival Kunming

30-07-05 Station 17 Kassel

18-11-05 HKW Berlin

09-12-05 2. Ecoile de Dzolo Togo

16-12-05 Boulev´Art Cotonou Benin

19-12-05 Ecoile des Metiers Benin

20-01-06 Ecole la Sagesse Lomé Togo

23-01-06 Arthaus Accra

29-01-06 Arema Lomé Togo

19-05-06 Galerie Rachel Haferkamp Köln

17-10-06 University of Forestry Ha Tay Vietnam

20-10-06 Goetheinstitut Hanoi

08-12-06 Uni Paderborn

“I was raised with romantic stories of the islands and guided by the values belonging to a generation previous. When living away from the islands there is a tendency to adhere to the beliefs of ones indigenous culture. Migration has created a dynamic cross-pollination of values and beliefs in Cook Islands society today. With an increasing endeavour towards economic development, we need to also remember the importance of our histories and heritage.” 
 
A graduate from Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University, Mahiriki returned to the Cook Islands in 1998. In 2000 she was appointed curator at the Cook Islands National Museum where she coordinated exhibitions and workshops. During her three year term she initiated and established artist residencies including the Bank of the Cook Islands Artist in Residence Award and the Creative New Zealand Cook Islands Artist in Residence. 
 
Inspired by her island heritage and the intricacies of life in a unique pacific environment, her expressionistic works explore the challenges faced by a younger generation Cook Islander unhindered by traditional cultural barriers increasingly under pressure in a modern society.
 
Mahiriki exhibits in Rarotonga, Auckland and Christchurch.