There are disturbances at the core of Pataka’s group exhibition, Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tongan Contemporary. Interesting contradictions. Rumblings. It is a group show that frustrates its groupings and theme. The art forces the text that seeks to describe it to splinter in intriguing ways. I like that the writing in the catalogue feels like it is running to catch up with the art—perhaps this review will do the same.
The title of the exhibition for example: Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tongan Contemporary.