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Lily Laita: Va I Ta - Illumination

Lily Laita: Va I Ta - Illumination

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  • Tue 8 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 9 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 10 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 11 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 12 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 15 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 16 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 17 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 18 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 19 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 22 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 23 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 24 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 25 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 26 Jul ’14, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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Whitespace, 20 Monmouth St, Ponsonby Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



Lily's paintings often express personal narratives, which reflect her mixed ancestry of New Zealand Pakeha, Maori (Ngati Raukawa) and Samoan descent. Lily's works attempt to address the various ways that cultures communicate and record knowledge and how art can become a vehicle for discussion and discourse. The inclusion of Samoan, Maori and English text invests her paintings with another dimension of understanding and 'reading the narratives', highlighting the significance of Polynesian mythology and oratory traditions.

Lily studied at the Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 and completed her Masters in Painting in 2002. Since the late 1980s Lily has exhibited widely including Te Moemoea no Iotefa, (Sargeant Gallery and tour 1990-91), Bottled Ocean, (City Gallery, Wellington and tour 1993-94), Tu Fa'atasi International Festival of the Arts (1994), The Seventh South Pacific Festival of the Arts, Western Samoa (1996), ReDress at Auckland Museum (1997), Melbourne Art Fair 1998, Tu'u i ai ni vai at Whitespace, Melbourne (2000),VAhine (2003) at the Lane Gallery and Samoa Contemporary (Pataka, Porirua 2007, Sarjeant Gallery 2008).

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