La'a la'a luga o le fanua o le mata, Rosanna Raymond

Rosanna Raymond is a performance/installation/body adornment artist and writer. A New Zealand born Pacific Islander of Samoan descent, she is currently living and working in London, UK with her family. The driving force of the fashion spectacle Pasifika -The Fashion Show, she is also a founding member of the acclaimed Pacific Sisters performance art collective in New Zealand. A ‘Tusitala’ at heart, Raymond’s work takes a variety of forms ranging from installation works to spoken word to body adornment, with pieces held in gallery, museum and private collections around the world, including the Museum für Völkerkunde, Germany, the Auckland Art Gallery, an the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

Raymond has forged a role over the past 15 years as a producer and commentator on contemporary urban Pacific Island culture, fusing traditional practises with modern innovations and techniques. During 2005 she was the Distinguished Visiting Artist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is undertaking a residency in New York as well as a performance commissioned for the annual meeting of the Pacific Arts Association, in Salem, USA.

Click here to listen to an interview with the artist produced by Sarah Robins
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Click here to listen to 'Meet you in Hawaiiki', spoken word from the artist produced by Sarah Robins [2.5 Mb]
Select Exhibitions and Performances
2005 Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud, Aurum Gallery, London
2005 L’art urbain du Pacifique - Urban art from the Pacific, Chateau de St Auvent, France
2004 Breeze in Words and Vision Version (performance), ASAO conference, Salem, Mass., USA
2004 Fab-rakei-skin, work and performance commissioned by the Liverpool Museum
2003 Imitation Sunshine, performance at ASAO conference, Vancouver, Canada
2003 A Piece of Their Brown Cloth, web-based artwork commissioned by the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
2002 Dolly Mix Wrappers, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
2002 Kiwi Artspark, Artbank Gallery, London, UK
2002 Twister, The National Costume Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2002 d’Tail Adornment Show, Mataora Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2001 A Matau Pakiwaitara, New Zealand House, London
2000 Wonderlands, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth NZ
2000 Agents of Change (performance with the Pacific Sisters), 12th Sydney Biennale
2000 Turangawaewae, Auckland Museum, Dowse Art Museum, and Dunedin Public Gallery, NZ
1997 Open Skies Divided Horizons, Auckland City Art Gallery NZ
1997 Bottled Ocean (Performance), Auckland City Art Gallery, NZ