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FAT exhibition in South Auckland celebrating fat experience

Fierce fafine, including singer Lavina Williams, at the opening of FAT wearing Infamy Apparel. PC: Raymond Sagapolutele.

An exhibition with radical fat positivity at its centre has opened at Vunilagi Vou art gallery in Ōtāhuhu, Auckland.

The exhibition, called FAT, is a group show from fierce indigenous creatives offering insights to a fat positive world. FAT features work by Louisa Afoa, Riki Tipu Anderson, Lissy Cole, Jessicoco Hansell, Infamy Apparel, Meagan Kerr, Sour Heart Prouctions and Elyssia Wilson-Heti & Jermaine Dean.

“Blue Clam” (2018) by Louisa Afoa is one of the works showing as part of the FAT exhibition. PC: Raymond Sagapolutele.

FAT launched with a bang last night as powerful fafine creatives walked the gallery floor dressed in Infamy Apparel, a plus size fashion label based in Manurewa.

“What an epic way to launch the FAT exhibition at Vunilagi Vou last night. Art, fashion and power,” said photographer Raymond Sagapolutele, who captured the memorable evening.

PC: Raymond Sagapolutele.
The fierce indigenous creatives whose works feature in FAT. PC: Raymond Sagapolutele.

The opening was the first event of #FATFEB, a series of events curated by Vunilagi Vou, a month “dedicated to dialogue, reflection, language and celebrating fat experience. The events represent collaborations with artists, creative professionals and local businesses, inviting audiences to make, think, reflect and contribute to discussion on attitudes towards fat in our communities”.

FAT runs from 5-29 February. For more #FATFEB events visit Vunilagi Vou.

About Vunilagi Vou:

Vunilagi Vou is an art gallery, community and consultancy based in South Auckland dedicated to exhibiting and selling the work of contemporary Pacific artists. Curator and artist Ema Tavola opened the gallery in an effort to make Pacific art more accessible to audiences.

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Thursday, 10am-5pm
Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 11am-4pm
Appointments available outside of business hours, contact Ema: [email protected]

 

 

 

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