Flags de­liver a mes­sage

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS - By TALIA CARLISLE

About 500 prayer flags de­signed by Porirua stu­dents are flut­ter­ing in a new ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka.

Fly Me Up to Where You Are in­cludes art­works in­spired by the tra­di­tion of Ti­betan prayer flags, in­tended to pro­mote peace, strength and wis­dom.

Auck­land artist Tiffany Singh be­gan the pro­ject with Auck­land stu­dents ear- lier this year, pre­sent­ing a sim­i­lar ex­hi­bi­tion as part of the Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val in March.

In April she be­gan work­shops with Porirua pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents, teach­ing them how to paint, stitch, screen print and use wood blocks to cre­ate their flags.

The aim is to bring di­verse com­mu­ni­ties to­gether, and to give youth a voice.

By dis­play­ing their ideas on flags, stu­dents were able to present their opin­ions in a pub­lic space, Singh said.

‘‘It’s re­ally em­pow­er­ing. It makes them feel like they’re be­ing lis­tened to,’’ she said.

The part-Samoan, In­dian, Maori and Pakeha artist spent five years vol­un­teer­ing in In­dia, be­fore re­turn­ing to Auck­land to fo­cus on art.

Fly Me Up to Where You Are un­til Septem­ber 8 at Pataka.

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