JULIA MAGE’AU GRAY

Chauka Calling (2009.) Fiji. Julia Mage’au Gray and Yola Gray. Image from Urban Viti

Chauka Calling (2009.) Fiji. Julia Mage’au Gray and Yola Gray. Image from Urban Viti

 

Julia Mage’au Gray is of Mekeo, Papua New Guinea and Australian descent, residing in New Zealand. She is a trained contemporary dancer and practicing cultural dancer, now taken the role of tattooist. The last five years have been dedicated to reviving a cultural practice that has come near extinction. As a dancer and a tattooist, these two roles traditionally are visually interwoven and are connected intrinsically.

In May of 2019 her Her work Hide - Shifting the Maiden was featured in our Mana Moana | Mana Wahine exhibition here at Moku, Pacific HQ.

Image by Crystal Te Moananui-Squares, Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, 2019.

Image by Crystal Te Moananui-Squares, Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, 2019.

Hide - Shifting the Maiden, Moving Image, 1:07min, 2018

This vignette is part of a larger series under the title Shifting the Maiden that unpicks and examines the tensions that exist as indigenous people, specifically women, navigating the ongoing colonial project. In this work the relationship to the body and western ideas of modesty are in dialogue using stop motion and dance. Featuring Toria Maladina & Tepaeru Ariki Lulu French with costuming from Tepaeru Ariki Lulu French and music from J.Mangohig


For more information on Julia Mage’au Gray please visit:

https://www.melanesianmarks.com/

https://urbanviti.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/talanoa-julia-mage%E2%80%99au-gray-sunameke/

To contact Julia Mage’au Gray: melanesianmarks@gmail.com

To watch TepTok please visit: https://www.sunameke.com/watchteptok