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Pisupo lua afe (Corned Beef 2000)

Episode:15Te Papa Collection:Pacific Cultures

Suggested curriculum levels:4 – 7

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context Communicating and Interpreting, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation

Description:Artist Michel Tuffery puts a Pacific spin on sculpture with a cow made from corned beef tins. Riria Hotere finds a new way to savour a favourite food of the Pacific.

Questions for students

  1. Where did the word 'pisupo' come from? What other words do you know of that are borrowed in this way from another language? Give some examples.
  2. The presenter says Pisupo lua afe is an iconic piece of art. What does 'iconic' usually mean? What does he mean by it in this context? What do you think of this art work? Why do you think that?
  3. What do you already know about the artist, Michel Tuffery? Why is he called a multicultural artist? What messages does he convey through this work? Click on the link below for more information.
  4. Explore the use of recycling in art. How can you make an original work by re-using materials created by others? Use the 'Ideas' response template to explore ways in which you could use recycling in your own work. Comment on why you might use specific materials, both from an artistic and environmental perspective.
  5. Why are some people offended by Pisupo lua afe? What is your opinion of New Zealand selling foodstuffs like this to the Pacific islands? Why was it done originally? Is it still necessary?

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