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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.10.18  X ONO’U Tahiti Festival Special

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.10.18 X ONO’U Tahiti Festival Special

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Hello from French Polynesia! All week we have been hopping around the islands from Papeete to Raiatea and now in Bora Bora. Celebrating its 5th anniversary/birthday last night at the huge community street party with founders Sarah Roopina and Jean Ozonder and with this years ONO’U festival artists slamming walls like crazy here  – you can see that hard work pays off sometimes.

Grassroots, not overly commercial, inclusive, responsive to the neighbors, high quality artworks – its a solid, even golden mix. Also Sarah’s parents are always happy to pitch in, whether it is pushing a broom or making lunch for everyone at home in their kitchen and bringing it to the work site to make sure that everyone eats. It is touches of warmth like this which reminds you that in many ways this scene that started in the street is as much about community as it is self expression.

For BSA readers who are just catching up with ONO’U we thought we’d use Images of the Week as an ONO’U Greatest Hits collection today. Most of these have never before published on BSA from the four previous editions. We took winding streets, back alleys, roundabouts, promenades, rooftops, abandoned lots and just about any place we could enter alongside Martha Cooper and had a blast for three days finding these walls again. Enjoy and Māuruuru roa!

DalEast. ONO’U Tahiti 2015 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Seth . HJT. ONO’U Tahiti 2015. Papeete. In 2016 this particular wall was chosen by the French Polynesia Postal Service as a stamp. We wrote about it HERE. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Suiko. ONO’U Tahiti 2014 / Papeete. Roosters, hens and chicks run wild on the streets of many towns in French Polynesia. We haven’t figured out who feeds them, or how they survive, but they seem to roam free of owners and masters. One can hear the roosters making their distinctive call (here is what they sound like) every morning – sometimes before you are fully aware that the new day has begun. It is also not unusual to see a mother hen with her chicks crossing the roads at their leisure, sometimes stopping traffic. We of course stop for them. Always. Lore has it that there are big mean centipedes in the archipelagos and that the chickens eat them. See they earn their keep balancing the natural population of insects, besides being very effective alarms clocks. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Leon Keer’s anamorphic Street Art, literally on the street, creates a mind-bending illusion with perspective. ONO’U Tahiti 2016 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

DalEast. ONO’U Tahiti 2015 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mast’s tribute to the NYC Subway creates a new faux subway stop that is roughly 6,300 miles (10,103 km) from New York. ONO’U Tahiti 2016 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

INTI. ONO’U Tahiti 2014 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

MadC. ONO’U Tahiti 2014 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FinDac. ONO’U Tahiti 2017 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

KOBRA. ONO’U Tahiti 2017 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

PEETA. ONO’U Tahiti 2016 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marko93. ONO’U Tahiti 2017 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Besok. ONO’U Tahiti 2014 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. The Ōma’o is a bird from the island of Hawaii is placed at the highest risk of extinction thus the “Critically Endangerd” or CR designation.  ONO’U Tahiti 2016 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Abuz . HTJ . JUPS. ONO’U Tahiti 2016 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ROA. ONO’U Tahiti 2015 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Askew . Sofles. ONO’U Tahiti 2015 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Inspired by the Polynesian legend of “The Coconut Tree” the mural has to do with an eel’s head, a forgetful young girl and the birth of the coconut tree:  

“The coconut tree is one of the most common trees in The Islands Of Tahiti. The Polynesians always tell a legend about its creation… The coconut tree legend…

A long time ago, a young girl called Hina was of real beauty due to her sun kissed skin and silky hair. She was meant to marry the prince of eels. Frightened by the physique of her suitor, who had a gigantic body and an enormous head, Hina ran away and took refuge in the house of the fishing God – Hiro.

The latter was dazzled by the beauty of Hina and touched by her history, so he took one of the young woman’s hairs and with it fished the approaching eel. Hiro cut up the prince of eels and wrapped his head in leaves. Before dying, the eel said to Hina: “of all the Men who hate me, including you Hina, you will one day kiss me to thank me. I will die, but my prediction is eternal.”.

Hiro entrusted the head of the eel to Hina and then advised her:

Hina, girl of beauty, you can return to your family and there, you will destroy this head. But throughout your journey do not put it on the ground because then the curse of the eel will come true.’

On her way back, the beautiful young woman and her followers who accompanied her, became tired and decided to take a bath in the river, forgetting the warning of the God Hiro. The eel’s head which had been put on the ground penetrated the earth, and from it a large tree was born, with a long trunk just like an immense eel, and with foliage similar to hair; the coconut tree had just been born.

Hina was then condemned by the Gods to remain close to this river because the tree had become taboo… Life went on until the day when a terrible dryness struck the lands and during which only the coconut resisted the sun. Thus, in spite of the God’s prohibition to touch this tree, men picked its fruit full of clear and nutritive water. Each fruit was marked with 3 dark spots laid out like two eyes and a mouth on which the men put their lips in order to drink the coconut water…. Hina did the same thing ….. And the prophecy of the prince of eels had just come true.”

Askew . Sofles. ONO’U Tahiti 2015 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faith XLVII. ONO’U Tahiti 2015 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dabs & Myla . Kems. ONO’U Tahiti 2014 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dabs & Myla . Pose. ONO’U Tahiti 2015 / Papeete. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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

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

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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BSA X ONO’U Festival 5 : Day 2 / Pixel Pancho In Papeete

BSA X ONO’U Festival 5 : Day 2 / Pixel Pancho In Papeete

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.


Converting planes of flesh into molded metal gives humans a certain robotic quality, including this Tahitian muse, imbued with a certain Steampunk patina of nostalgia for the past’s imagination about the future. Now living in the actual future, Italian Street Artist Pixel Pancho is mining a metaphor that AI may appreciate someday, but so far robots don’t fall in love at Carnegie-Mellon Robotics program, do they?

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Here in Papeete, Tahiti, Pixel has finished his most recent muse in a garden of Eden, her visage frozen, her elegant drawing room in muted tones. A tray or basket of Pixel’s animal friends are expressed as future-past sculptures or animated robots ready to pounce. The mural took him only about 4 very productive days here in this tropical locale – and now he’s off to swim on another island.

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. The kitten sitting on the woman’s shoulder is his lil’ pet Diana who he rescued before he came to Tahiti. He found out she died while he was painting the mural and he added her at the last minute as a memento moris. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. ONO’U Tahiti 2018 / Papeete. June 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA X ONO’U Festival 5 : Day 1 / Vinie In Papeete

BSA X ONO’U Festival 5 : Day 1 / Vinie In Papeete

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.


In France they kiss on Main Street, in San Francisco they wear flowers in their hair. Kiss on both cheeks in Tahiti and a Polynesian Lei atop your crown is appreciated any time of year, even now during the winter. Usually the crown is made of blossoms of tiare, hibiscus, and frangipani – but its up to you.

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

French native Vinie has incorporated existing espalier that have been trained to grow on walls into vast and complicated hair before, but the Paris graffiti painter is using her local research to populate the headspace taken by this voluminous coiffure.

Her figures are often female, their character capital. Here in Tahiti this new fresco cross pollinates a pin-up girl and hiphop goddess to daydream in a paradisiacal garden. Clearly here in Papeete, its all in the hair.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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