Exactly one year ago I was on Tahiti. It is one of the most famous destinations in the South Pacific and a dream of  many people.

Ferry between Tahiti and Moorea

Always I reflect and compare this imaginations with reality. Tahiti is a small french colony with special status. It is incredible expensive and Papeete, the capital, is dirty, noisy and full of concrete. To go to beautifull places you needs a car.


We stayed long time in Papeete and I couldn´t find a nice and quiet place in public space. I also couldn´t find  historical artefacts and a special tahitian cultural lifestyle except flowers behind the ears or flower wreathes on the head or as welcome and bye bye presents.

Bye bye ceremony with Monet and Otto

Our friend Andreas Dettloff, an artist, who is married with a tahitian woman, lives there for many years. He  helped us a lot with accomodation, contacts, translations and transportation with his car.

We went together to a Tahitian New Year ceremony at November 28. Hundreds of people sang together very special tahitian songs. This was a very special event, tahitian people started to revert there own culture right now.

Tahitian New Year celebration

I realised you can get a very good overview about South Pacific art and culture in Europe, for example in the Stattliche Museen Dahlem. But not on the original islands,…to much influences from outside destroyed old knowledge. Gauguin, on of the most famous person connected with this island complained it more than 100 years ago. He painted his dreams less reality. But sometimes you can find images like Gauguins paintings on hidden places.

Jungle trip

One of my greatest experiences was a jungle trip with Jean Paul Forest, a french artist who lives in Tahiti. We (he, Andreas Dettloff, Alfred Banze and I) went together into the amazing mountains, walked up in a small river against the current, climbed over branches, stones, lianas and climbed up rock walls with ropes to find his hidden artworks in the jungle.

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About Christine Falk

Mainly I´m a painter, but sometimes I also make photographie, concepts and installations. My paintings are dominated by stripes, grids, structures, lines and monocrome colourfields. I paint houses, windows, roofs, fences, meadows...details of landscapes and urban landscapes. I´m looking always for the atmosphere of the surrounding. . And I´m an organizer of international culture exchange projects:

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