Ono’u Tahiti Festival battle is back for 2015! Twenty Five international competitors and five Tahitian artists were selected to participate in the ONO’U Battles in Tahiti from May 5th to 9th, 2015.
This year all these performances and these qualifying events are scheduled over several days from Monday to Friday, not just on a weekend like last year. Most tests will take place on the walls of Papeete. Thirty talented artists have different challenges every day of the week.
The aim this year is to reveal more accurately the talent of these graffiti artists, highlighting their artistic and technical quality, individually or collectively. Each day of competition, the various facets of graffiti will be explored:
- Characters and scenery,
- Team performance …
Of the thirty artists selected for the contest, five seats were reserved for Tahiti artists, that French Polynesia is strongly represented in this international event, followed in many foreign countries. A direct way to promote them in the international network and help them to be better known.
Sarah Roopinia, the creator of the Festival and Contest ONO’U, wanted references to the Tahitian culture, as international artists will incorporate in their creations therefore the “lettering” was based on Tahitian words.
Day 1 was dedicated to lettering. Writers were given five hours to complete their artwork on panels of approx. 4m x 3m.
Second day of competition starts. Candidates were given five hours to complete a setting and/or character in compliance and coherence with a theme selected at random. Media of approx. 6m x 2m.
Third and last qualifying round before the finale. Competitors were randomly divided in teams of three to complete a themed wall painting of approx. 50m².
The ten best were selected by the jury to compete in the grand final!
The competition was judged by the legendary Martha Cooper. Third prize went to Gent48
Second prize went to John Kaye
First prize went to Phat1
There was also a Polynesian title and that was awarded to Jops
Looked like a great event and a lot of hard work from all the competitors. Well done to all!
Photos courtesy of Marc Emmanuel Louvat