Canned corn beef is widely known in the South Pacific as ‘helapi’, after Hellaby’s, the New Zealand meat-processing company that markets the most popular brand. This 1999 sculpture by Michel Tuffery, a New Zealand-born Samoan artist, is made from corned-beef tins. It refers to the way this imported, high-fat food has undermined local fishing, cultivation and cooking skills in the Pacific.
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Pātaka - Porirua Museum of Arts and Cultures
Object by Michel Tuffery
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