Last night the Sik Plastik long Solwata was launched at the Fondation Suzanne Bastien Art Gallery by the Honourable Ralph Regenvanu, Minister for Lands and Treasurer of the Fondation.
The Sik Plastik long Solwata group exhibition features artwork from a diverse group of 30 local Vanuatu and visiting artists, school children and community organisations that have united together to highlight the critical impact of plastic pollution to Vanuatu’s oceans, sea life and way of life.
A mix of art is on show at Sik Plastik long Solwata, including fine art, sculpture, children’s installations, collage, mixed mediums, modern abstract, x-ray, and Vanuatu contemporary art.
Many of the pieces are made entirely of plastic debris fished from the sea, including the Slippery Fis sculpture that is covered in rubber “scales”.
The Sik Plastik long Solwata exhibition aims to be a catalyst for positive community action, by encouraging the Vanuatu community to be responsible for their rubbish and dispose of it properly – rather than throwing it away where it can end up in the sea.
The artworks exhibited are described as: dark, disturbing, confronting, childish, kitsch, rubbish, clever, funny, thought provoking, surprising and a must see.
The community is invited to see Sik Plastik long Solwata at the Fondation Suzanne Bastien, which shows until 26 November.