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BSA X ONO’U Festival 5 : Day 3 / Christina Angelina In Papeete

Posted on June 9, 2018

This week BSA is checking out French Polynesia to get an appreciation for the Street Art, graffiti and street scene here while the 5th Annual ONO’U is taking place. Join in the tropical action while we take you to Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Moorea to see the artists and the action.


Even Tahiti has its dark and mysterious side, and Los Angelino muralist Christina Angelina has summoned it from the environment and brought it to this wall in Papeete. A well travelled painter with work in neighborhoods of São Paulo, Belfast, Miami, New York, and Berlin among others and a perennial participant in the hallucinatory Burning Man, the realistic/fantastic female appears often in Angelina’s figurative works.


Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In this fresh piece that evolved over a few days before the eyes of passersby in this urban tropicalia, the community can see someone familiar but they are not quite sure who she is.

The charcoal palette is evocative of the dozen or so active and extinct volcanoes that powerfully figure into the formation and life of these islands, the sooty jet tears full of fire and rage spewing forth, one is reminded of the black lava that creates magical inscrutable tunnels and black sandy beaches. Here on the street this enigmatic visage washed by the sky is mighty and vulnerable, a product perhaps of upheavals that harden into determination.

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christina Angelina. Work still in progress. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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