Since 1984 – He aha te ahurea-rua?

Tonight, we attended the opening of, “Since 1984 – He aha te ahurea-rua?” in Gallery One of St Paul St Gallery. Ngakuru whanau Curated by Martin Awa Clarke Langdon, the group show featured work from artists Waikare Komene, Johnson Witehira, Tanya Ruka, Rik Wilson, Elisapeta Heta, Sarah Hudson, Will Ngakuru, Ammon Ngakuru, Rangituhia Hollis and Jeremy Leatinu’u. The exhibition brings together Maori artists from the kohanga reo era (the first kohanga reo opening at Pukeatua Marae in Wainuiomata in April 1982) We really enjoyed the diversity of work offered by these artists, reflecting in their own ways the last thirty years of expectations, cultural tensions, institutional structures of biculturalism and being Maori? We are keen to visit again and develop our viewing of the works and experience Heta’s upcoming Noho Symposium at the beginning of next month. Check out the photos here and this impromptu performance from Rangituhia Hollis (in sunglasses) and fellow artist Mose Etuati.

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