Momoe i manu ae ala atea'e Tasker
Momoe I Manu ae ala Ateae Tasker was born in Taitoko (Levin), Aotearoa, opposite the Donald Duck Park and was raised in London. Her mother is from Apia, Samoa and her father from Sheffield, England. Her lineage is a mixture of Samoan, Chinese, German and English. Momoe is a block printer (and musician). Block printing turns her on, it is demanding and deserves respect. Momoe draws inspiration from her personal life experiences, her community and rage.
EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London
10a: Mana Tatau, 2019 Lino block, ink 50mm x 50mm The legend of Taema and Tilafaiga is a story of two sisters that swam the oceans to Fitiuta in Tu’a to learn the ancient knowledge of Tatau. They would swim back to their village singing the chant that women would have the Tatau and not the men. On their way they reached Falealupo where they would dive into the deep waters to see a giant clam. When they emerge, they are confused and the song becomes reversed. They reach Savai’i and spoke of how men were to receive the Tatau, the Pe’a, and not the women. Tatau for women, known as Malu, still managed to survive. Tatau is Samoa’s gift.
10b: Burn, 2019 Lino block, ink 420mm x 594mm This piece is based on an incident, during a gig, where there was an attempted assault on the artist. Through this work she draws on actions of her ‘feminist sisters’, their policing tones and incapability to support verbalisation of her own personal pain and anger, undermining the importance of intersectional dialogues.
10c: Mothers Blood, 2019 Rags, off-cuts, lino block, ink; Dimensions variable For all those times I am basically minding my own business and someone, usually a white person, has asked me ''Where are you from?'' My reply, whether it be London/North London/Southgate/Earth never seems to be enough. To many, brown is not British. Made from rags and off cuts left for me by my mother before she went back to Aotearoa and hand printed from lino block, this is my 'clapback' to those confused souls. The artist has given consent to touch this piece.