THE BANYAN TREE / baka, pargad. Exhibition at Fiji Museum, Suva, 2th – 27th Feb, 2010

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 arround 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 to the exhibition, workshops, screenings and talks take place:

Guided tour through the exhibition
Fiji Museum, Tuesday 23th of February, 6 pm

Banyan Social Art Symposium
Fiji Art Council, Wednesday, 24th of February, 6 pm

Banyan Workshop for visual artists, musicians, writers
Oceania Center at USP, Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th, 10 am – 4 pm

Banyan Workshop Presentation
Oceania Center, Friday 26th of February, 6 pm

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Supported by: Fiji Museum, Oceania Center, Fiji Art Council, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Institute for Foreign Relations (IFA), Culture Department, City of Berlin-Neukölln