JAKI-ED PROJECT

JAKI-ED PROJECT

Artina CLARENCE, Rosie ELMOREY, Helmera FANDINO, Kathy JETÑIL-KIJINER, Banithe JESSE, Roselee JIBON, Susan JIETA, Susanta JIETA, Mela KATTIL, Airine KEJU, Moje KELEN, Clantine MOLADRIK, Motdrik PAUL, Terse TIMOTHY. Jaki-ed project was developed in collaboration with the University of South Pacific, Majuro and supported by QAGOMA’s Oceania Women’s Fund, enabled by the generous bequest of Jennifer Phipps.

Featuring art from Micronesia for the first time in the history of the Asia Pacific Triennial, the Marshall Islands Jaki-ed weaving project represents the outcome of a collaborative 21-day workshop involving 13 expert weavers in conjunction with performance artist and weaver Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner. The Marshall Islands artists are known for their finely woven dress mats, made from pandanus and bordered with intricate geometric designs. Jaki-ed is a weaving technique historically employed to make the mats. Commonly worn prior to colonisation, dress mats express value and status and tell stories of ancestors, nation and community. A new apprenticeship program has contributed to a recent revival of the jaki-ed art form, and the collaborative workshop enabled the exchange of dialogue and ideas, encouraging artists to innovate and experiment with their work. In turn, Jetñil-Kijiner will create a dynamic performance work detailing her own engagement with weaving as a site of cultural resistance and expression.

All Artists

GOMA LEVEL 3
Gallery 3.5