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Lead artist Tui Emma Gillies

A new art exhibition in Whangarei featuring Pacific artists is pushing the boundaries about the notion of women's work in everyday society. The show is aimed at challenging old and new stereotypes around the work of women.  Lead artist Tui Emma Gillies contributed a piece constructed around the Tongan word for women, fēfine. Her first piece of work titled “fēfine one”, shows a woman who is breast-feeding with an umbilical cord around her neck that goes down to her heart and is painted onto a tapa cloth. [Photo: Supplied/ Tui Emma Gillies]