A NEW FESTIVAL BRINGING TOGETHER ARTIST-RUN INITIATIVES AND EMERGING ARTISTS FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FOR 10 DAYS OF EXHIBITIONS, MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, PARTIES AND TALKS.
Title: Te Ara Te ao Hauāuru
Artists: Kauri Hawkins
Location: Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park
Te Ara Te ao Hauāuru is a public sculpture produced by Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand based artist Kauri Hawkins. At GASP, through an assemblage of sign poles covered in contemporary kowhaiwhai (Māori painting), Hawkins tells the story of Māori leaving behind Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) for the capitalist values of Australia, in search of labour and a better life. Tasmania’s dark history of colonial invasion is not dissimilar to the relationship between New Zealand’s colonial government and Māori. Te Ara Te ao Hauāuru connects these histories through a short film, Transportation for Life, which details the journey of 5 Māori men captured in the Hutt Valley New Zealand and subsequently imprisoned on Maria Island (off the coast of Hobart Australia in 1847), after an altercation with colonial troops.
MEANWHILE is an artist-run initiative. Established in July 2016 and originally located at 35 Victoria Street, in early 2017 it relocated to Level 2 99 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. MEANWHILE facilitates and promotes emergent and experimental writing, curation and contemporary art practice, in all forms, on and offline. It was developed to nurture, support and promote the exceptional work of contemporary New Zealand and international artists. To challenge current understandings of the potential for contemporary art spaces, writing, curation and artistic practice.
ARTIST: Kauri Hawkins
TITLE: KAURI-The Strong,