The art project ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS! / SINKING ISLANDS, UNSINKABLE ART, was created with the cooperation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Kiribati, with the Kiribati Cultural Centre and Museum and with the Institute ERGO SUM. The art project reflects on the vulnerable position of its art, which has preserved throughout history the unique and primal nature of culture and customs. The mere existence of the island country of Kiribati is under threat – due to the effects of climate change, it is in danger of disappearing into the Pacific Ocean. Kiribati is a country in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, consisting of 33 paradise atolls with beautiful beaches. Unfortunately, in recent decades, the water has been inescapably taking back the land, day after day, year after year. Even though Kiribati culture is vulnerable to the dangers of the Pacific Ocean, it will never be forgotten. In accordance with the tradition, it will be passed onto future generations. Their dance and songs are more than just culture or art, they are their way of living. With singing and dancing, they honour life, which is fleeting, but they constantly transfer their knowledge to those who follow, and with it their identity which is closely tied to their traditional art, since in the end, art is what remains forever. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis!
Performance group Kairaken Betio
Performers are (b. different ages-generations, Republic of Kiribati): Teroloang Borouea, Neneia Takoikoi, Tineta Timirau, Teeti Aaloa, Kenneth Ioane, Kaumai Kaoma, Runita Rabwaa, Obeta Taia, Tiribo Kobaua, Tamuera Tebebe, Rairauea Rue, Teuea Kabunare, Tokintekai Ekentetake, Katanuti Francis, Mikaere Tebwebwe, Terita Itinikarawa, Kaeua Kobaua, Raatu Tiuteke, Kaeriti Baanga, Ioanna Francis, Temarewe Banaan, Aanamaria Toom, Einako Temewi, Nimei Itinikarawa, Teniteiti Mikaere, Aanibo Bwatanita, Arin Tikiraua.
Performance group Kairaken Betio are maintaining the old tradition of the Republic of Kiribati with the traditional and modern performances. They are devoted to dance and preservation of their Kiribati traditions. They are performing around the Pacific countries
Performance group Ngaon Nareau
Performers are (b. different ages-generations, Republic of Kiribati): Teata Tetoki, Raakai Ianibata, Taorobwa Bakatokia, Tekaei Kaairo, Nabiri Kaaraiti, Abetena Itaaka, Bwobwaka Bwebwere.
Performance group Ngaon Nareau are maintaining the old traditions of Republic of Kiribati which has been preserved for hundreds of years. Through singing traditional songs they are maintaining the original Kiribati language. They are devoted to singing and preservation of their Kiribati traditions. They are performing around the Pacific countries
Daniela Danica Tepes
Visual artist Daniela Danica Tepes is known for the illusion of duality because her works are always suggesting that nothing is as it seems at first glance. The visual artist leaves the viewer to develop his own feelings while he is involved in the highly spiritual and parallel virtual world that she has created.
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