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Published on Feb 22, 2016
Rosanna Raymond's SaVAge K'lub project is an installation space that is activated by various K'lub members over the course of the exhibition. The project's title refers to a historical gentlemen's club first established in London in the nineteenth century. Raymond's version draws on the cultural stereotype and decor of such exclusive institutions, displaying historical artworks and images alongside newly created works and performances. The gendered, elitist aspect of the club is entirely removed, as indicated by Raymond's reworking of the title. The 'VA' in SaVAge refers to a Samoan philosophical understanding of space as 'active', not as empty and passive, but activated by people, relationships and reciprocal obligations. Raymond's SaVAge K'lub is enlivened by Pacific artists and local communities who have created new artworks, spoken word and performance artworks. These events re-invigorate the objects on display beyond the confines of a museum exhibit, allowing them to participate in the life of the community.