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Telly Tuita, Tongpop Nostalgia at COCA Toi Moroki

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Sun 28 Nov 2021, 12:00 am


COCA Toi Moroki
66 Gloucester Street


Exhibitions, Visual Arts, Ceramic, Installation, Performance Art, Found Art


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking



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Tongpop Nostalgia puts forward a convincing argument for nostalgia as a subject not to be taken lightly.  Arguably, it may simply be about sentiment and memories, but the very reason for its persistence in our lives is that it is imbedded in, and fundamental to, who we are.   Telly Tuita, a Tongan-born Pōneke Wellington-based artist knows this well.   In Tongpop Nostalgia, an installation that reflects upon the life he left behind as a nine year-old migrant and the life that has followed, he imagines and makes tangible the worlds that he remembers.  

This is an installation rich in memories in a way that shares much in common with Turner Prize winner and ceramic artist, Grayson Perry, famous for his love of Coronation Street and fish and chips.  Tongpop Nostalgia greets the gallery visitor with a Tongpop wolf pack of fifty ceramic dogs, an invitation into an opulent and colourful experience that shift between cultures, taking in items that include tourist memorabilia, Tongan Tapa cloth (Ngatu) painting and items from the $2 Shop.  Tuia’s world possesses a constant visual cadence, bouncing from subject to subject in its ideologies and iconography, and the notion of the realities and unrealities of all our lives.



Telly Tuita

Tongpop Nostalgia

COCA Toi Moroki

66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch

28 November – 20 February



  1. Telly Tuita, Tongpop Nostalgia, (installation). Photograph: John Collie
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