Povi Christkeke; Tuffery, Michel; 1999; 99/253


Povi Christkeke

About this object

Many of Michel Tuffer’s works are inspired by his love for the Pacific Islands and his concern at the sometimes negative impact of Western influences. Povi Christkeke refers to the impact of advertising and the mass consumption of corned beef on the health of Samoans. Introduced by Europeans, this food quickly became part of the staple diet, causing a decline in fishing, cultivation and indigenous cooking skills. As well as commenting on an important social issue, the large quantity of tins that form the bull sculpture also show a connection to the use of mass-produced objects and repeated motifs in Pop Art. Born in Wellington, Tuffery is of Samoan, Tahitian and Palagi (European) descent. He graduated from Otago Polytechnic School of Art with Honours in 1988 and in 1991 attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa School of Fine Arts. Tuffery has exhibited widely in New Zealand and internationally. He has also taught printing, drawing and Pacific Island design skills. Tuffery lives and works in Wellington.


Tuffery, Michel

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Collection Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; purchased 1999

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Mixed media

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