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Reflections on Ana Iti: I must shroud myself in a stinging nettle

Saturday 1 April, 2pm

Take time to pause and reflect on Ana Iti: I must shroud myself in a stinging nettle.   

Drawn from the threads of personal narrative, contested histories, and contemporary engagements with place, Ana Iti’s artistic practice traces relational networks of connection that often go overlooked. In this City Gallery Wellington exhibition rhythms and forms explore notions of shelter, protection, creativity, and (re)production. Iti’s work and practice is one that builds intimacy. 

Join us to hear Professor Huhana Smith and Louie Zalk-Neale respond to the exhibition, bringing to bear their own connections with Iti and her practice, and their own knowledge, experience and work as artists. Expect an afternoon of insights in the shelter of the galleries.  

Professor Huhana Smith (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Te Rangitāwhia, Te Mateawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti) is a visual artist, curator and principle investigator in research who engages in major environmental, trans-disciplinary, kaupapa Māori and action-research projects. She is co-principle investigator for research that includes mātauranga Māori methods with sciences to actively address freshwater quality and climate change concerns for coastal Māori lands in Horowhenua-Kāpiti. Huhana actively encourages the use of art and design’s visual systems combined in exhibitions, to expand how solutions might integrate complex issues and make the solutions more accessible for local communities. 

Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngāi Te Rangi, Pākehā) works in experimental performance and video, embracing the power of body adornment to affirm their takatāpuitanga. 

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