Hear from Daren Kamali and Ole Maiava at this special spoken word performance as part of The Ulumate Project

Since beginning The Ulumate Project in 2014, Daren and Ole have incorporated poetry as part of their research process as a way to express their understanding of ulumate and connections to the past.

For this event, Daren and Ole will perform some of the pieces they have written in response to encountering ulu cavu held in museum collections and others that speak to the milestones in their creative journey, which have led to the creation of the first ulu cavu made in 200 years.

This free event requires registration.

Na Tolu is Joana Monolagi, Daren Kamali and Ole Maiava.

Joana Monolagi has been creating Fijian arts for about 20 years. She was born in the town of Ba, Viti Levu, Fiji, moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 1978, and now lives in Pakuranga. Monolagi enjoys working with arts from her Fijian heritage such as masi (Fijian barkcloth) printing, creating Fijian costumes, teaching meke (dance) and telling Fijian stories. 

Daren Kamali and Ole Maiava are multi-media artists, working together on the revival, research and making of modern-day ulu cavu. They formed the (UN)Registered Savages of Aotearoa in 2015. They have been working on the making of contemporary ulumate, through research and collaboration with iTaukei artists and researchers in Aotearoa, Fiji and the world.

Na Tolu (2022) by Na Tolu billstickered in the Cemac Foyer. Photograph by Sam Hartnett.

Installation view of The Ulumate Project by Na Tolu: Joana Monolagi, Ole Maiava, Daren Kamali, 3 Dec 2022–26 Feb 2023 at Objectspace.