JUNE 09, 2009
Kolektif Revey Twa
Presenting at PechaKucha Night in Mauritius Vol. 2, AIDS/HIV activists Kolektif Revey Twa brought their message to the audience. Organizer Stephen Ng talks more about the association, and what it means to the country.
Kolektif Revey Twa -- literally "The Wake Up Collective" in Mauritian creole -- is an association of artists who are fighting against AIDS/HIV in Mauritius.
It is estimated that there are 15,000 HIV positive people in the country -- for a population of 1.2 million, this number is actually quite alarming. One of the reasons for this number is the lack of sensitization and education about the disease and how it is spread, but also a lack of initiative from the authorities to tackle the problem effectively.
The "Zarbiens," a group of creative people led by Stephan Jauffret-Rezannah, Nicolas Bastien-Sylva, and Emilien Jubeau (who presented at Vol. 1) have created this collective with the objective getting things moving, along with other associations.
Their presentation at Vol. 2 was indeed quite moving. They came up in front of the audience with their masks to send a specific message that the AIDS infected people are unortunately seen differently and that it could be anyone of us. They explained their motivation and their goals, by using their talents to the profit of a very important problem...and that's without asking for anything in return.
In fact, they have recently engaged themselves in a huge project to sensitize Mauritians of the AIDS/HIV problem. It will mainly involve the use of billboards in strategic areas of the country that clearly will send their message and hopefully make all of us get a better understanding of the disease and the people involved. They have been doing a tremendous job already by using their time and creativity, and the thing they are waiting on now is to get the necessary funding to get their latest project up and running. Local authorities and other private organisations have already promised to do so but they are still waiting for the actions. Unfortunately this is how it is in the country.
Maybe that is a call for the PK Foundation to possibly help them out...a help for the whole of Mauritius...
MAY 18, 2009
Ravi Jetshan (Ravior) has been a jewelry maker since 1982, and he presented some of his work at the recent PechaKucha Night in Mauritius Vol. 2. That city's organizer, Stephen Ng, writes this about Ravi:
Volume 2 was certainly highlighted by Ravior, a jewelry making company led by Ravi Jetshan since 1982 -- "or" means gold in French and in Creole, Mauritius' very own dialect that Ravi uses when naming some of his collections.
One thing you'll soon realize with Ravi is that he really holds a lot of affection towards his culture, his tradition, his country, and he perfectly translates all of that through his designs. Add to this the fact that he has traveled the world and speaks six languages -- the audience at Vol. 2 could well understand how the man delivers such great creativity, innovation, and attention to detail.
"The success of Ravior is essentially the product of fine-tuned teamwork by groomed professionals equipped with multiple skills reinforced by continuous advanced training. Rigour in craft and skill is the key to quality production for each and every jewellery piece, all this driven by professional and civic ethics."
This was taken from www.ravior.com, where more of his collections can be viewed.
At the start of his presentation this is what Ravi had to say in Creole:
"Ene le monde sans bijou, c'est ene ene le monde sans lamour." Literally, a world without jewelry is a world without love...
APRIL 28, 2009
For me, being the organizer, Vol. 2 was a much better orchestrated event. This time, I had an actual idea of how the event should be running and what to expect: from technical difficulties to last minute changes from presentators, things went pretty smoothly.
With a public of around 150 who were still mostly new to the concept, it was with amazement that they discovered how Mauritius needed this kind of event to promote designers/artists/creators. Feedback was all positive.
FEBRUARY 09, 2009
As we posted last week, PKN Mauritius launched its inaugural edition recently, and already we're seeing some nice press coverage. Above, a blurb on organizer Stephen NG -- or maybe we should call him the "Pecha Kucha Master" from now on -- in Legratuit. Below, a piece in Expresso.
Big thanks to Stephen for sending these in.
FEBRUARY 04, 2009
Coming back to my country after five years in Melbourne -- where I discovered Pecha Kucha -- I thought Mauritius lacked a lot in creativity, specially amongst designers. That was so wrong. The thing here is that the main authorities don't do much to encourage us Mauritian designers, which is the main reason why I wanted to organise PKN here. My name is Stephen Ng, young freelance designer and part-time waiter at one of the most hip cafes in town, making Pecha Kucha Night happen in Mauritius! To my greatest surprise, I met a lot of creative people who were demanding to share their passion, and damn they were good! Volume 1 found designers like Sebastien Langevin and Jonathan Naigon, two of the first students to graduate from a digital arts degree in Mauritius; Elie Bernager, who is an experienced photograph and has worked for various fashion magazines in France; and even better, Veer Gopal, who calls himself a mixologist. He makes "molecular cocktails," and his slides were absolutely stunning. Emilien Jubeau also impressed us with his conceptual fashion design work.Stephen promises that PKN Mauritius Vol. 2 will be held sometime in April. Elie Bernager, photographer. Sharonne Parfait, photo manipulator. Veer Gopal, bartender presenting his "molecular cocktails." PKN Mauritius ambassador Stephen Ng (left) and an installation by Creation Attitude (right).