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The second publication from our special series focusing on the Asia region, looks to Hong Kong gallery Para Site, and it's exhibition 'Koloa: Women, Art, and Technology', which has unfortunately closed to due to COVID-19. The exhibition centres on koloa, or customary women’s arts in Tonga, and was developed with Tunakaimanu Fielakepa, the Dowager Lady Fielakepa of Tonga, and features three artists from New Zealand; Tanya Edwards, Nikau Hindin, and Vaimaila Urale.
Written by Ysabelle Cheung, and guest edited by Amy Weng, our new piece reviews the exhibition, and examines the cultural histories and legacies of Tonga's rich history. 'This effort of subversion and of continual resistance to overwhelming external influence is felt at every level within the show, from the granular to the macroscopic. It seems more than coincidental that the exhibition opened in a year marked by political action in Hong Kong and rife with debate around the erosion of sovereignty and identity.'