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Get a unique experience of Māori visual art at Christchurch Art Gallery Puna o Waiwhetū this winter, with a new exhibition showcasing a range of moving image works by leading Māori artists.
Māori Moving Image ki Te Puna o Waiwhetū will be showing from Saturday 4 June to Sunday 16 October, featuring recent moving image artworks ranging from slick animation to 16mm film, and even a spot of karaoke. The exhibition is a rich collection of works that showcase differing creative perspectives on issues that are important to Māori, putting history, lived experience and radical hope at the centre.
Visitors can expect a huge variety of look and feel, with subject matter including such diverse topics as World War II, tīwakawaka, and Christian Louboutin. Co-curator Melanie Oliver describes the exhibition as "a unique alignment of forms and concepts of toi ataata – visual art – with those of ngā mahi a rēhia – performance art.”
The karaoke feature is a first for the gallery, with a special niche set aside for visitors to sing along to beloved Māori songs, accompanied by visuals created by Māori visual artists and even a glittering disco or 'Pāuaball' by Terri Te Tau to get you in the grooving mood.
Māori Moving Image ki Te Puna o Waiwhetū showcases the work of emerging talents and celebrated favourites including Shannon Te Ao, Luther Ashford, Sarah Hudson, Ana Iti, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Nova Paul, Rachael Rakena, Lisa Reihana and Kauri Wharewera.
Māori Moving Image ki Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Sat 4 Jun - Sun 16 Oct
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