World Wildlife Fund Western Melanesia Programme National Superannuation Fund Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority The Christensen Fund


Pacific Peoples' Partnership Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery Alcheringa Gallery Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, de Young Museum University of Goroka

There are many people to thank for making Hailans to Ailans a reality. The artists and authors worked under considerable time pressure to complete everything for this catalogue. Many thanks to Elaine Monds, Rebecca Hossack, and their hardworking staffs for co-ordinating countless preparations for the exhibition, and for hosting it in their galleries in London and Victoria. Sarah Stein designed this catalogue; Dan Lepsoe designed the accompanying website. He also assisted with editing, publicity, logistics, and interviewing the artists. Karen Benfield and Klinit Berry provided administrative support from London and Goroka. Janet Dwyer’s fine photography shows off the artwork. Rosanna Raymond networked extensively to recruit Pacific Islander musicians and dancers for her London performance. Pacific Peoples’ Partnership facilitated the artists’ visits and outreach events in Victoria. Director Nicholas Thomas invited the artists to participate in a workshop and to view the Melanesian Collection at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Hailans to Ailans would not have achieved its goals of bringing artists to both venues, putting on community events, and producing an exhibition of such scope without funding. We gratefully acknowledge a generous grant from The Christensen Fund and thank Melanesian Program Officer Catherine Sparks for her guidance and assistance. Other funding has been provided by: Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority; World Wildlife Fund, Western Melanesian Programme; NASFUND (with help from Rod Mitchell); and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art at the de Young Museum, with generous support from Curator Christina Hellmich. In the US and/or Canada, Michael Mel will be speaking at the following institutions, which have funded these appearances: Amherst College, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Franklin Pierce University, Green College, Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia, and Spurlocke Museum at the University of Illinois, Urbana. In opening Hailans to Ailans in London on PNG Independence Day and inviting foreign diplomats, Her Excellency PNG High Commissioner Jean Kekedo lends official recognition to the importance of art in PNG culture. The exhibition curators and artists greatly appreciate this support. We apologize for any omissions here, which we will rectify if we can here (please email to let us know).

Finally, many thanks to my fellow curator, Michael Mel. It has been a pleasure to work with him and to have had the privilege of writing about his performance work. In September, 2008, it was also exciting to visit the University of Goroka, where I met artists, faculty, staff, and students and found the art department vibrant with creative energy and activities.

Pamela Rosi (Co-curator with Michael Mel)
July, 2009
All artwork photography is by Janet Dwyer, unless otherwise noted.

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