Te Huringa / Turning Points

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Media Release: August, 2007. 

Works sit side by side at City Gallery Wellington

Te Huringa / Turning Points: Pākehā Colonisation & Māori Empowerment

An exhibition of paintings from the collections of The Fletcher Trust and Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui

Over fifty stunning New Zealand artworks, dating from the early 19th century to the current day, will be on display in this complex and controversial exhibition which opens 11 August at City Gallery Wellington. Featuring works by both Māori and Pākehā artists, from Charles Goldie to Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere and Shane Cotton, Te Huringa / Turning Points demonstrates a defining movement in New Zealand art history; a shift from Pākehā artists depicting Māori and Māori culture to Māori artists representing themselves.

Historical and contemporary works sit side by side in each of the six thematic clusters that make up the exhibition. The historical works tend to be Pākehā images of Māori and Māori culture, while the contemporary are mostly Māori artists reflecting on the past, on colonial representation and on their own current issues.

The works chart a visual history of New Zealand, from early European settlement, through colonisation and protest to mana renewed in the late 20th and early 21st centuries with works like Isiaha Barlow’s Mother Emare (2002); Shane Cotton’s The Plant (1995) and Stack (1991) and Robyn Kahukiwa’s Tihe Mauriora (1990). The earliest works are hand coloured engravings of Māori architecture, weaponry and utensils (1826).

Te Huringa / Turning Points is curated by Dr Jo Diamond and Peter Shaw. The exhibition is initiated and toured by The Fletcher Trust in partnership with Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua, Whanganui and with support from Te Puna Kōkiri and Māori TV. Te Huringa/Turning Points has been made possible by the generous support of ANZ, as Principal Corporate Benefactor of City Gallery Wellington.

Te Huringa / Turning Points:

Pākehā Colonisation & Māori Empowerment

An exhibition of paintings from the collections of The Fletcher Trust and Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui

11 August – 4 November

City Gallery Wellington

Civic Square, Wellington

www.citygallery.org.nz

Admission: FREE

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from Wellington City Council

For further information, hi-res images or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Rachel Healy, Publicist/ Communications Co-ordinator

T: 04 801 3959, 027 687 4226 , E: rachel.healy@wmt.org.nz