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Forever Fresh Talanoa Series

The Forever Fresh Talanoa Series - a collaborative effort from the In*ter*is*land Collective and Contemporary HUM - is a series of edited online talanoa (conversations) between several tagata Moana (Māori and Pasifika people) across the globe. These conversations centre around the principles of talanoa; ofa, mafana, malie and faka'apa'apa (love, warmth, humour and respect) and the ability to have a "reciprocal knowledge exchange". The talanoa within this series will focus on topics such as life in the diaspora, moana futurism, queer identities and ReMoanafication, and all will be individually responded to in written form by Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa), reminding us of our intricate connection and shared ancestry in Te Moananui-a-Kiwa.

Episode Tasi/One:

Roots & Routes (Diaspora Life) 

 

by Anne-Marie Te Whiu  |  published 28.02.21

Episode Tasi/One of our Talanoa Series features Afatasi the Artist (ADOS-Sāmoan) based in San Francisco, USA, and Momoe i manu ae ala atea’e Tasker (English/Samoan-Chinese) based in London, UK. Recorded over Zoom, they take us on a journey through their lives growing up as "islanders" on other islands, what it's like to visit their cousins in Aotearoa/New Zealand, exploring their identity in their art practices and the joys (and pains) of having a Samoan mum. We get to watch their talanoa ebb and flow as they also create a piece of work, across the moana together. 

Click here to watch the first episode of the Talanoa series, and continue reading below for Anne-Marie Te Whiu's response to the video.

 

for•te

 

my tattoos and

half sunset fringe

open lined eyes

drumkit lips

draw you to my

red velvet throne

all our whanau

have that same

laughter crink

in our nose

we sing before

we fight

we love before

we run

we never lock

the front door

 

I will look you

straight in the heart

of stories told

from the head of a table

like my Māmā did

and her Māmā before

sip slowly sip good

it stays chilled

hoodie cups my hair

my hands are a chorus

guiding us forward

take your time

slay blessed queen

smile hoops swoop

tell me

what are we made of?

--------------------------

found + fiction

 

 

samoan

chinese

new zealand

taitoko

london

san francisco

california

western samoa

ADoS

wood block printer

textiles

sewing

lino

vinyl

gong hei fat choy

the yang of the water ox

the blues and greens of luck

 

my good sis

I feel fresh

you can

hear me fine

right?

let’s start

with the

real stuff

shall

we?

little bit of pressure

little bit of pressure

 

--------------------------

Momoe

 

 

angerbunkingoffschoolcigarettesciderchildhoodwitnessingdomesticviolencesubtlecovertracismatschool

 

[Even though I’m Pasifika I’m also London.  I’m both.  It’s possible to be both.]

-------------------------- 

Afatasi the Artist

 

 

survivalstardustivebeendoingsomehellamagicalshitandnobodyreallynoticescoconutsfriedchickenhelladifferentfood

 

[I’m an Islander but I’m definitely from the city.]

-------------------------- 

 

Our Mums

 

 

when our Mum’s met

they left us

no patience

they went straight to church

and sat near the aisle

they ate the bread of christ

with their hands out

amen

 

my Mum would invite your Mum over

to eat seafood at christmas time

they would eat mussels and lobsters

ocean people eating ocean food

it was a feast

with the leftover taro from the night before

Mum would slice it thin

and fry it up for breakfast

 

my Mum would invite your Mum

to bingo

there would be

a situation where our Mums

would bark out orders

we would know our Mums

we would know all the Mums

-------------------------- 

fresh font

 

garamond me good

shyness sleeps sweeps seeps

remember?

remember when -

in front of all of my friends absolute 100 rejection

 

swirling mirror ball

the carvings in the McDonalds at Mangere are crazy

I had a whole photoshoot there

between big macs and fries and a [white] cheese suprem[acy]

do you know Beyonce?

do you know The Spice Girls?

yeah man

I see them on the bus

 

here’s a story of a lovely of a lovely Affrobunch

Marcia      Marcia      Marcia

okay blue eyeshadow

I see you blue eyeshadow 

yes 

yes side pony 

ride on pony 

show pony

 

I’m telling you

hair like mine is policed

I am the only one the one and only

Samoan Punk Singer

Singing Punk Samoan

I keep the beat

I am the beat

we beat

the beat

DYI disco realness

I’m a regular schmegular person just trying to get by

Black Babies have been dying at the hands of white doctors

medical racism

targeted in the birthing room

I’m tying the past

the present

and the future

I can never say goodbye

 

 

 

MIND YOUR BUSINESS
- PERIOD -

 

Momoe i manu ae ala atea’e Tasker (English/Samoan-Chinese) is a multifaceted punk artist. Born in Taitoko/Levin, raised in London, her work reflects her experiences of the best and worst of both worlds. Momoe's work investigates the marginalisation of women of colour, feminism, abuse, decolonisation and cultural identity through hand block printing/paint/textiles and live performance as vocalist/shared songwriter in GUTTS (queer sax punx band) and drummer in IMMIGRANTI (qtbipoc punx band). Through creative activism Momoe aims to break silence and strengthen solidarity within overlooked communities.

 

Afatasi The Artist is an ADOS-Sāmoan, mixed-media conceptual artist and a native of San Francisco, California. Aesthetic themes of her artwork include both the Black and Sāmoan American experience, Afrofuturism, Afro-Pop art, and textile exploration. Her conceptual work, ‘BLACK SPACE’, is an ever-evolving Afro-futuristic exploration of the vastness of the global Black experience-from the cosmic to the quark, and every intersection in-between. Navigational mediums for this work include, mixed-media visual, audio, textile/fiber, music and photography.

Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa, Aotearoa) is a poet, editor, weaver, festival director, and currently works at Red Room Poetry. In 2019 she co-edited Solid Air, Australia and New Zealand Spoken Word anthology. She has edited Tony Birch’s forthcoming poetry collection Whisper Songs. Between 2015-2017 she was co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. Her poems and essays have appeared in Cordite, Te Whē Journal, Australian Poetry Journal, Sport, Rabbit and Ora Nui amongst others. Her woven piece, Ā-Ē-Ī-Ō-Ū is featured as part of In*ter*is*land Collective's 20:20 // VĀ:WĀ exhibition.

Stay tuned for Anne-Marie Te Whiu's response to Episode Rua/Two of the Talanoa Series, which will be published on this page within the next couple of months. 

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