Hulita Koloi: Malaloi

“Malamalaloi!” the King exclaimed, “tread lightly—it is I you are walking on.”

Malaloi by Hulita Koloi was originally presented as a monumental sculpture comprising a scaffold-like structure and 139 concrete-dipped garments donated by the artist’s family and wider Pacific community. Concrete separates people from the land. At this smaller-scale, presented in Te Uru’s window, Malaloi speaks directly to the urban environment, to the effects of industrialisation and capitalism within Pacific communities, and the shared responsibility of humanity, past, present and future, to tread lightly.

Image: Hulita Koloi, Malaloi, 2019. Presented at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. 

22 August - 16 November 2022