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Robin White, Leba Toki and Bale Jione

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Robin White | New Zealand b.1946 | Leba Toki | Fiji b.1951 | Bale Jione | Fiji b.1952 Teitei vou (A new garden) 2009 | Nine components: taumanu: 390 x 240cm; butubutu: 150 x 240cm; ibe vakabati: 180 x 240cm; two sulu: 79 x 242cm (each); two oro: 30 x 240cm (each); two woven mats: 67 x 46cm (each); installed dimensions variable | Acc. 2009.196.001-009 | Purchased 2009. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant

Teitei vou (A new garden) 2009

Natural dyes on barkcloth, woven pandanus, commercial wool, woven barkcloth and sari fabric mats

Nine components: taumanu: 390 x 240cm; butubutu: 150 x 240cm; ibe vakabati: 180 x 240cm; two sulu: 79 x 242cm (each); two oro: 30 x 240cm (each); two woven mats: 67 x 46cm (each); installed dimensions variable Purchased 2009. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant

A collaboration involving New Zealand artist Robin White and Fijian artists Leba Toki and Bale Jione,Teitei vou is deeply imbued with themes of ritual, exchange, love and unity, and adopts the form of stencilled barkcloth, or masi, traditionally displayed at Fijian weddings. It draws on representations of the diverse cultures making up present-day Fiji, including European, Indian and Pacific Islander motifs; Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian imagery; and depictions of native flora alongside Middle Eastern terraced gardens and plantations of imported sugar cane.

Significant to both the reading of the work and the spirit of its undertaking is the presence of motifs relating to the Baha’i Faith, a faith shared by all three artists. That the work itself was produced through an artistic collaboration is fitting – the work’s meaning is embodied in the spirit and importance of living and working together.