>>> Mana Tatau <<<
Momoe i manu ae ala atea'e Tasker
Lino Print Edition of 11
Dimensions 38cm x 38cm (Paper size varies slightly)
The legend of Taema and Tilafaiga is the story of two sisters that swam the oceans of Fitiuta in Tu'a to learn the ancient knowlege of Tatau. They swam back to thier village singing the chant that women would have the Tatau and not the men. On their way they reached Falealupo where they would dive into the deep waters to see the giant clam. When they emerged they are confused and the song becomes reversed. They reach Savai'i and spoke of how the men were to recieve the Tatau, the Pe'a, and not the women. Tatau for women, known as the Malu, still managed to survive. Tatau is Samoa's gift.
Hand carved from lino block & hand pressed onto paper.
These are all hand made pieces. No two prints are the same.
Momoe is a multifaceted artist of Samoan-Chinese and English cultural heritage. Born in Taitoko/Levin, raised in London, her work reflects her own experiences and investigates the marginalisation of women of colour, feminism, abuse, decolonisation and cultural identity through hand block printing/paint/textiles and live performance as vocalist/shared songwriter in GUTTS (queer sax punx band) and drummer in IMMIGRANTI (qtbipoc punx band). Through creative activism Momoe aims to break silence and strengthen solidarity within overlooked communities.