22 February, 2010

The Banyan Tree

In the northern latitudes the Banyan Tree is known as "Ficus" in the flowerpot, in the tropics, he is revered, loved and feared. In the Pacific , the Banyan Tree has cultural importance. After Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Berlin and Papeete, Rarotonga, Suva is the 6th station of the worldwide touring exhibition THE BANYAN TREE, it shows paintings, sculptures, videos, photos and installations by more than 50 artists from 20 countries, Josaia Mc Namara, Teweiariki Teaero, Allen Aillani Alo and Paula Linga represent the Fijian art scene. The art works have been collected by the German media artist Alfred Banze. Inspired from these works, he organized numerous workshops for children and young people in schools, galleries, cultural centers and artists' studios in many countries around the globe. The now displayed exhibition shows both, the original artworks and the remixes by children and young people, all inspired by the Banyan Tree. Accompanying an Exhibition currently showing at the Fiji Museum are the following :
  • Guided tour through the exhibition, Tuesday, 23 February 2010, 6pm, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Banyan Social Art Symposium, Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 6 pm, Fiji Arts Council, Suva; and
  • Banyan Workshop for visual artists/musicians/writers, Wednesday, 24 February, to Friday, 26 February 2010, from 10am to 4pm on each day, Oceania Center, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva; and
  • Banyan Workshop Presentation, Friday, 26 February 2010, 6pm, Oceania Center, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva.

For further information, pls visit http://www.banyan-project.de or call telephones (679) 3315944 or (679) 9251020.

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