Moana Nepia - Maungauika Trilogy

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Media Release: April, 2011. 

Moana Nepia’s haunting new installation at City Gallery Wellington

City Gallery Wellington is delighted to announce Moana Nepia’s new exhibition Moana Nepia: Maungauika Trilogy which opens Saturday 16 April in the Deane Gallery.

Auckland-based Moana Nepia is a respected artist, but is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer. His commitment to many disciplines is evident in his evocative new work Maungauika Trilogy, a fascinating fusion of dance and installation.

In the exhibition, gallery visitors are invited to enter the Deane Gallery via a tunnel, which opens up to a dark space where slow moving figures are projected onto the gallery walls. These video projections were filmed in the disused military tunnels underneath Maungauika North Head, on the Waitemata Harbour. This claustrophobic underground space provided Nepia with a fertile setting to explore the Maori concept of Te Kore, which literally translates as ‘the nothingness’.

Te Kore is thought of as the time before time began; the void from which existence was created. Moana Nepia’s installation is a personal interpretation of this concept and explores its many metaphorical possibilities.

Moana Nepia has a distinguished history as a choreographer and visual artist. Graduating with First Class Honours in Fine Art from Wimbledon School of Art, London, Nepia has performed with major classical and contemporary dance groups around the world including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Harris Mantafounis Contemporary Dance Company of Athens, Vienna Festival Ballet and the English National Opera.

The Deane Gallery is located in City Gallery Wellington and is dedicated to the display of Māori and Pacific artists.