PNG artists, media hail success of PT&I’s Maketi Ples


<p style="text-align: justify;">Maketi Ples, the Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest event that promotes the region’s creative industries, has come in for praise from Papua New Guinea’s artists and the media. The event, which concluded in Sydney on March 11 and which followed up on the success of last year’s inaugural event featured artworks and artists from several Pacific Islands.<!--more--></p>

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<p style="text-align: justify;">Alexander Rheeney reports in leading Port Moresby newspaper The National: The Maketi Ples art exhibition in Sydney, Australia has been hailed as a success with artists thankful for the exposure that the annual event continues to give to talented Pacific Islanders.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Papua New Guinea’s Goroka-based artist Florence Jaukae, 39, said the exhibition hosted by the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (PT&amp;I) in Sydney was a privilege for Pacific Island artists.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“We are very privileged to have this kind of exhibition, especially from an organisation [PT&amp;I] that gives us the opportunity to make an income from what we do back home.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“It is a new kind of experience for us, where we are mostly based back home in our countries, but this exhibition has changed that for us,” she said.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Port Moresby-based artist Jeffry Feeger, who gave a live demonstration during the exhibition last Friday, said Maketi Ples was a starting point for exposure to Pacific islands’ contemporary art and the region’s artists.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“It (Maketi Ples) encompasses the crafts world like bilum weaving and various different crafts as well,” he said.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“These crafts do not have prominence and good exposure in Australia so they (PT&amp;I) have established a platform for that. This is the second year now that it is running – it is improving. I think it is getting more coverage and you know it is just about penetrating the minds of people here.”</p>