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Eleni – Navigators of Polynesia | Faraimo Paulo

by beth sorensen
Eleni – Navigators of Polynesia | Faraimo Paulo

Traditional painter, carver and designer Faraimo Paulo of Tokelau is on a mission to record his people’s history and culture. Tokelau is made up of 3 coral atolls, AtafuNukunonu and Fakaofo, 500km north of Western Samoa.

As emigration and rising water levels from global warming threaten to erase the traditional Tokelauan lifestyle, Paulo has embarked on a mission to realistically capture on canvas the culture, stories and scenes of Tokelauan society, often using his family members as models. This exhibition at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre represents a major survey of Faraimo Paulo’s recent work.

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