26 August - 22 January 2001

Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance


This nationally significant exhibition commemorates and explores one of the major historical events in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand; the invasion of Parihaka, Taranaki by Pākehā soldiers in 1881. The exhibition will consider the events leading up to the invasion and the immense strength and spirit of the Parihaka community which continues today. One hundred years of art, poetry and waiata will be brought together for the exhibition.

This project will comprise a gallery-wide exhibition at City Gallery Wellington, which will include existing artworks depicting the story of Parihaka and its leaders, Te Whiti o-Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi. New pieces about these subjects will be commissioned from both Māori and Pākehā artists. These will be augmented by historical and contemporary photographs.

Commissioned Artists: Laurence Aberhart, John Baxter, Shane Cotton, Brett Graham, Fred Graham, Chris Heaphy, Tame Iti, Para Matchitt, Darcy Nicholas, Anne Noble, Séraphine Pick, John Pule, Natalie Robertson, Michael Shepherd and John Walsh,