Opening event: Tia Ranginui and Robert Leonard on Gonville gothic

Please join us to celebrate the opening of Gonville gothic on Saturday 10 September. Artist Tia Ranginui (Ngāti Hine Oneone) and curator Robert Leonard will give a floor talk at 2pm, responding to the bodies of work included in the show and the artist’s reimagining of patupaiarehe as suburban layabouts, touching on local histories of the patupaiarehe who were known to dwell in the Waitākere Ranges.

Tia Ranginui was raised on the banks of the Whanganui Awa, where she resides today. Her Turangawaewae features prominently in her work and provides a rich visual background to the themes she explores and critiques through inciting local narratives and subverting the way Māori have been (mis)represented in art and imagery post colonisation.

Robert Leonard is a contemporary-art curator and writer. He has held curatorial posts at Wellington’s National Art Gallery, New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, and City Gallery Wellington, and have directed Auckland’s Artspace and Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art. His recent projects include Semiconductor: The Technological Sublime (2019), Oracles (2020), Zac Langdon Pole: Containing Multitudes (2020), and Judy Millar: Action Movie (2021). 

Image: Tia Ranginui, Tipua, 2020.

10 September, 8am-6pm