Occupying the space between, Ioane Ioane’s multidisciplinary practice acknowledges the spiritual and transitional nature of va (Samoan for space between). Ioane completed a Bachelor of Fine Art from Elam School of Fine Art, The University of Auckland in 1985. In 1996 Ioane, was the finalist for the Saatchi and Saatchi Art Awards and in 2005 he was awarded the Creative New Zealand Prize for Innovation and Excellence Art Award. As well as receiving a number of public commissions, his work belongs in a number of private and public collections including the Cambridge Museum of Anthropology, England, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, Tijibou Cultural Centre Noumea.
Based in Auckland, Ioane’s multi-discipline practice involves sculpture, painting, installation and ritual performance and often acknowledges the spiritual and transitional nature of space (the va) as a place of transformation-birth and becoming. Ioane has commented, “Sacred spaces are not necessarily a church, but it’s a place where one likes to be in, a place of affirmation” – Ioane Ioane. More info via Whitespace.