April 08, 2014
Changing the story on Maori art
Auckland Art Gallery’s curator of Maori art says a symposium this Saturday is a chance to look at contemporary indigenous art in a new way.
Ngahiraka Mason will lead off the Changing the Story symposium before opening the floor to artists like Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Robert Jahnke, administrator Garry Nicholas and Australian Aboriginal artist Fiona Foley.
Foley’s work is in My Country: contemporary art from Black Australia now on show at the gallery, while Rewiri is in the Five Maori Painters show also on at Toi o Tamaki.
Ngahiraka Mason says she wants to raise awareness of the historical development of Maori art of how it is changing.
"Art is part of our culture and it is our birthright and we are the living evidence of the culture. We need to talk about how do we maintain that today. We have to start talking about things to bring these ideas forward rather than sit back and hear what other people say about what our art is," she says.
Entry to the Changing The Story symposium is free, but places are limited, so people should book through Eventfinder
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