April 10, 2017
Pohio unfurls sails for documenta 14
Works by Maori artists have been selected to represent New Zealand at one of the world’s largest contemporary art exhibitions.
It’s the first time this country will be represented in documenta, which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany.
This year it’s also in Athens, Greece.
documenta 14 curator Hendrik Folkerts says the artists are showing ground-breaking and radical forms of art and making a significant contribution to the international discourse on contemporary art.
The Athens show opened at the weekend featuring a lightbox by Ngati Tahu artist Nathan Pohio containing a 1905 photo of Ngai Tahu leaders on horseback accompanying Governor General Lord Plunkett to Tuahiwi Marae.
It’s similar to the work Pohio exhibited at Scape in Christchurch in 2015 and at the Walters Prize in Auckland last year.
The orginal work, Raise the anchor, unfurl the sails, set course for the centre of an ever setting sun! will be shown at Kassell from June 10.
Also bound for Kassell are the late Ralph Hotere’s seven Malady Panels from 1971, on loan from the Christchurch Art Gallery, and a large scale textile work by the Mata Aho Collective, Bridget Reweti, Sarah Hudson, Terri Te Tau and Erena Baker.
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