Step Folem Step Artists
Step Folem Step online features the work of eight ni-Vanuatu artists exploring impacts of climate change, how Indigenous knowledge (kastom) might help address this, and the processes of bringing traditional art and styles into contemporary practice. It includes selected works of painting, drawing, photography, music, carving and installation. This online exhibition also includes a series of short films about the artists and their creative processes.
The late Gideon Arudali was a talented graphic artist, from Eratap on the island of Efate. He worked mostly in pen and ink and was well known for his custom designs on surfboards.
Georgina Kaitiplel is a photographer and filmmaker, originally from the island of Malekula who lives and works in Port Vila.
Joan Niras is a song-writer, singer and musician originally from Tanna and living in Port Vila. She is best known for her work with her band Paran Latan and also makes music under the name Jana Cee.
Niki Kuautonga is a photographer and film-maker who lives in Port Vila. His documentary photographic work has been published by a range of media, including the Guardian.
Amelia Lovo is a painter and visual artist, from the island of Erromango, living in Port Vila. Her paintings explore traditional symbols and patterns.
Tio Bang is a multi-instrumental musician, performer and artist, from the island of Ambrym in Vanuatu. He released his debut album ‘Sorousian’ through Wantok Music in 2020.
Mars Melto is an author, musician, storyteller, producer, curator and visual artist, whose creative work has been widely recognised in Vanuatu and internationally. Born in Noumea he is from the island of Vao in Vanuatu.
Philemon Jimmys is a visual artist, specialising in wood carving, from the island of Tongoa, who lives with his family in Port Vila.