Cultural knowledge, within M?ori and Moana communities, is often passed on through familial lines, both orally or embodied in particular practices and ceremonies. As with any knowledges, these practices are always in flux, responsive to shifting conditions. Colonisation, capitalism and migration have had a particular impact on how practices are continued. Some fall out of use; others adapt to new materials; still others continue on, fuelled by social functions and significance.
Sensitive, authentic and funny, Marie Shannon’s photography and video works present contemporary art as an intimate and immediate occupation. Rooms found only in the home is developed out of holdings of Marie Shannon’s works in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection and the artist’s personal archive. The exhibition explores the intersecting spheres of her practice; considering her different conceptual interests and dual focus on photography and video.
As part of the exhibition names held in our mouths, West Auckland’s Pacifica Mamas will be taking over the Learning Centre Gallery, renaming it Moanaroa: Home of the Pacifica Mamas.
As part of the Colin McCahon centenary year, McCahon’s epic 1970 mural, Gate III, makes its first appearance in Auckland since it was originally commissioned for Auckland City Art Gallery’s Ten Big Paintings exhibition in 1971.
In recent years Jane Dodd’s jewellery practice has pivoted around the portrayal of animals. With a subtext of human impact and interaction she has explored issues of extinction and infestation, cruelty and conflict. The Family is an exhibition of new works that asserts the place of the human species within the animal world; where character and narrative are given to humans, pre-human hominids and other fellow simians alike. Within this nutty world of Jane Dodd jewellery license is taken, comedy is king and story-telling trumps fact.
Small Space, Level Four
twenty-four-seven considers the relationship between labour, time and round-the-clock networks. Three artists approach non-stop time from various angles, from the state between sleep and wakefulness that emerges from working pressures to our own willingness to stay logged in online through to the clock itself as an enforcer of standardised time.
Natasha Matila-Smith, Raqs Media Collective, Ane Hjort Guttu and Daisuke Kosugi. Curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith
Come and see incredible art produced by students from Titirangi Primary school in their biennial art exhibition. This exhibition is the culmination of a term of acknowledging diversity within our community through visual art. Students have explored printmaking, painting, construction and clay modelling.
Opening event: Wednesday 18 September, 6pm
Rowan Panther creates fine lace textiles using muka fibres that examine the divide between art and craft. Working consciously in an Aotearoa context, Panther considers the complexities of colonisation, as well as her own Irish/English/European/Samoan heritage, by bringing contemporary Pacific interpretations to traditional European lace-making practices.
Small Space, Level Four
Drawing upon the work of significant New Zealand artists, Campaign considers the prevalence of anti-nuclear sentiment in New Zealand’s art history. It revisits an era when artists across a range of disciplines were documenting, exposing and protesting the dangers of nuclear testing in the Pacific and the arrival of nuclear-capable warships into New Zealand waters.