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Urban Drift

Harry Manava

Harry Manava comes from a family of artists and has a diploma in art. He was once a Secondary School Art teacher but left as it was not his passion.  Harry lives and works in Port Moresby and depends on the markets to earn a living selling his pieces. 


The painting depicts the physical location where people move from one environment to another. People move with the intention to settle permanently or temporarily. They move from their village community, their simple life centred on farming, little money and other activities including tribal clashes. The new world of large cities brings dreams of jobs, career opportunities, earning income each fortnight, furthering their education. In many cases in the city they must engage in informal vending to survive.

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