PAEMANU : TAURAKA TOI - A LANDING PLACE
will occupy the six galleries on the second floor of the Dunedin
Public Art Gallery from 12 December 2021 – 27 April 2022
Exhibition areas / Kaupapa
Waka Tūpuna explores how relationships are established, maintained, nurtured and remembered through whakapapa.
Waka Tūpuna are Kāi Tahu’s voyaging ancestors, those who travelled by waka to land on the shores of Te Waipounamu and form relationships as whānau and whānauka which are the foundation of Kāi Tahu identity today. These tūpuna and their narratives establish an important connection between the ancestral past and present, helping us understand the events that have shaped the physical environment of Te Waipounamu and its human histories.
By drawing on places, taoka and narratives which centre human connection, the artists in Waka Tūpunaengage with these whakapapa relationships by looking closely at the many ways tūpuna are present in the world around us.
Artists - Mahi Toi
Ayesha Green, Turumeke Harrington,
Lonnie Hutchinson, Simone Montgomery,
Fiona Pardington, Nathan Pōhio,
Beverly Rhodes, Keri Whaitiri,
Areta Wilkinson (Detail)