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Festival Report

WESTERN SAMOA

Treasure trove

Contemporary art at the Pacific Festival of Arts

Maud Page

MOMOE VON REICHE, Horses Heads, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 145 x 175 cm, photograph Maud Page.

The Pacific Festival of Arts was originally conceived to enable people of the Pacific to re-evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their cultures, and since 1972 the festivals have acted as sites of cultural remembrance and exchange. Contemporary inclusions, whether in terms of media or ideas, have been fairly restricted and in most cases have had a problematic status. The inclusion of an official…

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