Siasau exhibits his art showcasing The Voyage of Captain Cook to Tonga in 1773

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The New Zealand High Commission is excited to host ‘1773 –‘Inasi – First Fruits: The Voyage of Captain James Cook to the Kingdom of Tonga’, an exhibition by Tongan artist Visesio Siasau and New Zealand artist Serene Tay.

Prominent Tongan artist, Visesio Siasau has launched his art exhibition which showcases The Voyage of Captain James Cook to Tonga.

Siasau was assisted by New Zealand artist, Serene Tay, at the Tonga National Cultural Hall, Taufa’ahau Road, Tofoa.

“The New Zealand High Commission is excited to host ‘1773 –‘Inasi – First Fruits: The Voyage of Captain James Cook to the Kingdom of Tonga’, an exhibition by Tongan artist Visesio Siasau and New Zealand artist Serene Tay”, a statement said.

Siasau and Tay’s pieces of contemporary art showcase the voyage of Captain James Cook to the  Kingdom of Tonga and his travel through the broader Pacific, including New Zealand.

Siasau is an internationally known artist who has studied and worked for many years in New Zealand.

Saisau said:  “My work is an intersection of traditional materials and ideologies with contemporary technologies and philosophies that become the dynamic system of my art practice.

“Our goal is to continue to educate and raise the capacity of contemporary Tongan arts and to create pathways for Tongan artists in an international context.

The exhibition is being held at the Tonga National Cultural Hall, Taufa’ahau Road, Tofoa.

Entry is free and all are welcome to attend.

Exhibition opening hours are:

Friday 29 September 2017             12pm – 8pm

Saturday 30 September 2017         8am – 8pm

Monday 2 September 2017             8am – 8pm

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