Made in Oceania


Tapa – Art and social landscapes, Ed. Peter Mesenhöller and Oliver Lueb; Nünnerich-Asmus, Mainz 2013, ISBN 978-3-943904-26-0; 205 pages, 61 colour and 15 b/w photos, texts in German and English. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition for the first time combines contributions on the various social and cultural meanings of tapa in Melanesia and Polynesia by internationally renowned experts from the USA, Australian, New Zealand and Europe. It covers the spectrum from the ‘souvenirs’ of the great journeys of ‘discovery’ of the lace 18th century to the production and use of tapa as an expression of new identities in the 21st century. A detailed bibliography is enclosed.