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Old 08-11-2003, 07:01 PM
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"Mama Lewa" - An exhibition by PNG Women Artists

An arts exhbition showcasing unique and exotic designs, paintings, body wear, pottery, and textiles by women artists of Papua New Guinea took place today at the National Museum and Art Gallery next to the Parliament House in Waigani.

Fifteen women artists from around the country took part in the exhibition which was organised by Business and Professional Women's Club of Port Moresby (and their spouses and families).

The exhibition which goes by the name of "Mama Lewa" was attended by over 100 guests (mostly expats) and featured over 50 artworks from pottery, body wear, paintings, tapa wear, fabric designs and etc.

Mama lewa is only the second all-women exhibition but is shows that women artists - and just maybe women as wells - are stepping even further out from behind the fence and some of that appressive is lifting.
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Popped into the museum for my second visit, do like those carvings and found this exhibition by chance. Good luck I did. Three paintings less for sale! Now all I have to do is work out how to get them back to UK.

Go see this, it's well worth a few minutes of your time.

Exhibition is open till Wednesay 14th November, 8am till 3pm admission is free.

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Old 09-11-2003, 06:27 PM
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This is the second all women artists exhibition since "PNG Meri Artists Soim Piksa" exhibition held in 1998.

Then there was "Behind the Fence - PNG Women Artists" in 1999 in Germany and "Laip Bilong Meri" (Life of a woman) consecutively in 2000 - which featured artworks from men and women and which provided an extraordinary glimpses into the hardship, sorrows and the less frequent triumps in the lives of PNG women. The exceptional talent of the artists was undoubted but the power and nature of the images meant that a slightly oppressive air seemed to prevade "Laip bilong Meri."

Mama Lewa is mostly about looking to the future. To what women and women artists in PNG can become and that is the most rewarding aspect of all. Of the 14 artists, six young women make their artistic debuts in this exhibition. It's to be hoped that over the next five years they will grow aas musch in confidence ans ability as their established colleagues have done in the past five years.

More importantly all artists are supporting the cause of other young women in PNg and that all proceeds from this exhibition go to high school or university.

Mama Lewa means Mother Love and is used as a compliment or endearing term of respect that shows the woman is special.
The exhibition was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talent of some very special women artists.


More photographs can be found by CLICKING HERE inside our Photo Gallery taken by Alison Anis 8th November, 2003.
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The 14 women artists who took part in the exhibition are Anna Amos, (Textile Designer and painter), Angie Besiaro (Painter), Gazellah Bruder (Prints, Painting and Collage), Mary Gari (second year visual arts student at UPNG), Mary Gole ( Pottery and Sculpture), Ruth Houji (Third year fashion and textile major at UPNG), Maxine Nadile (Designer and Painter), Agnes Posanai and Vivien Gegeyo ( tapa making and tapa design), Elsie Roroipe ( Fourth year student, UPNG creative arts faculty). Jane Kama Wena (Graphic Artist and painter), Winnie Tapya Weoa (Painter), Henna Hesulu Joku (Poet) and Nailu Anakap a painter.

The extraordinary work of Maxine Nadile. Maxine artfully adds bilum designs to recycled jeansand results as you can see are these fancy skirts with seashells dangling on one side of the other, and a bra also made from bilum and pieces of jeans.
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