FUSIÓN - HAKA PIRI
The collection merges Easter Island ancestral elements with the perspective of a Chilean continental artist. ‘Haka Piri’ or ‘let’s try to gather’, is the best translation found into the native language, to embody the collection’s soul. This hand-crafted jewellery collection seeks to rescue and preserve the island heritage, creating objects that are not just mere copies or pastiches of ancient crafts, but also contemporary representation, hand crafted using materials present on the Island.
The collection has already travelled three continents. It was first exhibited in April 2016 in Easter Island, in the Aukara Gallery. Then, the collection travelled to Santiago, Chile, between December 2016 and January 2017 to the Museo de Artes Decorativas (Museum of Decorative Arts). Afterwards it was presented at the Tate Modern, as part of the Tate Exchange, London, in ‘This is an Art School’ a collaborative exhibition with students of Central Saint Martins in January 2017. It was also showcased in the Embassy of Chile in London between April to May 2017. It has been presented in fairs in Massachusetts, USA; Barcelona, Spain and Bucharest, Romania between 2016 and 2018.
‘Fusión – Haka Piri’ is a 30 pieces silversmith collection based on the archaeological culture of Easter Island. Easter Island or Rapa Nui is the most isolated inhabited place on Earth. It lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it is culturally part of Polynesia, geographically part of Oceania and politically part of the Chilean territory. To preserve its uniqueness, the Chilean government made it a National Park and UNESCO declared it a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995.