“Ko te au wai ko te au tangata” The currents of water connect and nourish the currents of our people
“Ka ora te wai ka ora te tangata” A healthy water source is essential to our physical and spiritual health
The significance of the flow of water to human endeavour cannot be understated—prings, streams, rivers and oceans are sources of food and sustenance, routes for voyaging and trade, and repositories of spiritual knowledge and identity.
Te Au: Liquid Constituencies gathers works by artists who are engaging in significant relationships with water, and tracks not only our dependency on water, but the ways in which we share and must protect water in its many forms.
Bringing together eleven artists and artist collectives, Te Au takes its central theme from the rotating currents of Te Moana-
The variety of works on view draw upon forms of local and ancestral knowledge, as well as legal frameworks and notions of justice in relation to the natural world, to advocate and act for change.
Developed by a curatorium from within Te Moana-
“Our most precious natural resource water is a recurring theme in the work of many contemporary artists. This exhibition draws on recent work by artists working around the Pacific to propose ways in which we can understand, protect and deepen relationships with the bodies of water that surround us,”says the exhibition’ curators.
“The project arises from asking how the Govett-
Artists: Bonita Bigham, Megan Cope, Erub Arts, Ruha Fifita, Taloi Havini, INTERPRT, Marí Francisca Montes Zúiga, Angela Tiatia, Te Waituhi āNuku: Drawing Ecologies, Arielle Walker
Curatorium: Zara Stanhope, Simon Gennard, Ruth McDougall, Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel, Huhana Smith and Megan Tamati-
Kuku Biochar Project & Waikōkopu stream restoration, Te Waituhi ā Nuku: Drawing Ecologies group, working alongside the Deep South National Science Challenge, Phase 3: Manaaki i ngā taonga i tukua mai e ngā tupuna: investigating action-
Exhibition 03 December 2022 -
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