Shakaiah Perez is a multi-disciplinary artist from New Zealand of Afro-Polynesian descent who draws from her ethnic heritage, ancestral linkages and experiences as a woman of colour to create art. She is also known for my work as Lady Shaka (DJ) bringing the sounds from across the Pacific and African diaspora.
For more information on Shakaiah Perez please visit: https://www.shakaiahperez.com/
EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London
Exotic Savage: The Decolonisation, 2019 Moving Image, 14:42min This new multi-sensory artwork incorporates poetry, dance, film, installation and participatory performance art to weave together narratives of (de)colonialism while celebrating Perez’s layered heritage and the stories of those in her communities.
Created in collaboration with Nikki Shaill / Art Macabre and commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts.
PERFORMANCE TANGATA MOANA, July 2019 Musee du Quai Branley, Paris
ACTIVATION: E noho nei au (by Che Wilson 2006), Performance, 2019 This moteatea is a chant written in ancient waiata form specifically for the Maori taonga currently displayed in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum, London. The words of ‘E noho nei au’ were displayed as part of the British Museum exhibition ‘Power and Taboo: Sacred objects from the eastern Pacific’ in 2006. ‘E noho nei au’ translates to ‘Waiting for Warmth.
ACTIVATION: hONgi, (written by Jo Walsh 2013) Performance 2019 This audience participative performance was originally written for SaVAge SEAnce: An Invitation to Activate Your Ancestry for Hostings12: Ghost-dance II in 2013. hONgi was re-activated for QAGOMA’s APT8 in Brisbane and will take on another form in collaboration with Peta Maria Tunanui & TANGATA MOANA.
ACTIVATION: Miss Siva Sāmoa Performance, 2019 A collaboration of words and motion that reflect the energy that we as Sāmoan women hold when we dance. The taualuga is a traditional way of moving that embraces the elegance and vibrancy of Sāmoan culture. With sound, movement and each other we celebrate and embrace the essence of who we are. This is a spoken word poem that comes to life for the love of our culture.
Exotic Savage: The Decolonisation, 2019 Moving Image, 14:42min (see above for explanation)
FOREVER FRESH / WAVE RAVE, Performance 2019 Closing the the evening out with DJ Lady Shaka AKA Travelling Feather - Shakaiah Perez will take you down, forever fresh from Splore Festival, Aotearoa, New Zealand and off the back of her time in London where she played amongst other venues, VFD Dalston.