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Female Artists Showcase Passion For Art

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa says Fiji’s unique cultures and traditions must not loose their relevance. While launching the Veiqia Project Exhibition at the Fiji Museum
10 Mar 2017 11:00
Female Artists Showcase Passion For Art
From left: Veiqia Project curator, Tarisi Vunidilo, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Fiji Museum board chairperson Kate Vusoniwailala during the launch of Veiqia Project Exhibition on Wednesday night. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa says Fiji’s unique cultures and traditions must not loose their relevance.

While launching the Veiqia Project Exhibition at the Fiji Museum Wednesday night, she said traditional knowledge, vernacular and folklore made up unique cultures and traditions.

Mrs Vuniwaqa added that such exhibitions gave Fijian female artists an opportunity to show their work of art under the project.

She said it also gave Fijians an opportunity to look back in appreciation of the traditional art form of Veiqia or tattooing which was practiced by iTaukei women in the olden days.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said the exhibition would contribute to the revival of traditions and cultures which were important in identifying where we originated from as an individual.

She said the culture of tattooing was not new in the Pacific and for the last 25 years, the popularity of tattoos exploded globally.

“Through these Veiqia Project women artists are being empowered to not only to contribute to the revival of traditional knowledge and art but, also to use their art as a means of improving their livelihoods and those of their families,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

She said the reason why this traditional art was more important to celebrate in Fiji because women were tattoo artists (known as daubati) and recipients of revered Fijian tattoos known as veiqia.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said the art of veiqia was a symbolic evidence of the strength, resilience, resourcefulness and creativity of women.

The project is a creative research project inspired by the practice of iTaukei female tattooing.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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