Pacific Sisters: Fashion ActivistsÂ isÂ a celebration of mana wÄhine, indigenous identities, and the role this collective has played over the past 26 years â€“ through their collaborative works across fashion, performance, music and film â€“ in giving voice and visibility to MÄori and Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Working collaboratively across fashion, performance, musicÂ and film, the Pacific Sisters include ground-breaking artists Lisa Reihana, Rosanna Raymond, Ani Oâ€™Neill, Suzanne Tamaki, Selina Haami, Niwhai Tupaea, Henzart @ Henry Ah-Foo Taripo, Feeonaa Wall, and Jaunnie â€˜Ilolahia.
Itâ€™s not a story everyone will know, even though the artists themselves have significant national profiles.
The Pacific Sisters once described themselves as being like the Polynesian version of Andy Warholâ€™s factory â€“ an ever-evolving collective of artists coming together to create art, music, fashion and film.
â€œOur work is a reflection of the ‘spark’ we have had as Pacific Sisters â€“ finding our connections to our Pacific stories, peoples, lands, each other,â€ Pacific Sister Ani Oâ€™Neill says.
â€œFor me, Pacific Sisters is a safe space to push boundaries. We might seem a bit hardcore and serious to some, but we have a lot of fun â€“ we like to laugh and play with words as well as frocks.â€
This is their first majorÂ retrospective.