For two weeks at the end of June, 30 artists from all over Oceania were invited in Tahiti by the Centre des Métiers d’Arts (CMA), a public art school in Papeete (pictures of the event on their Facebook). During their visit, they engaged with local students and artists, exchanged their world views and different techniques… And of course they created art. The creations of the invited artists and some of the best one created during the visit where then exposed at Gallerie Winkler, an art gallery, and at the Museum of Tahiti and her Islands.
This beautiful project was at its 5th edition. Created by the director of CMA, Viri Taimana, the end goal is to connect artists from all the Pacific and initiate the emergence of an Oceanian art market, as he explains in this interview (in French). With its partners all across the Pacific, in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Hawaii and various other countries, the CMA hopes to organise regular visits of prominent artists from the region in every part of the ocean.
Some pictures of the art produced, from the Facebook event of Pūtahi (credits for the pictures go to the three organizers) :
Credit: Musée de Tahiti et des Iles – Te Fare Manaha