Kirituna - Resilience

A group exhibition of contemporary Māori art inspired by the theme of resilience.

Mauri Tuna Priscilla Cowie

Mauri Tuna, Priscilla Cowie

The exhibition features works by emerging and established Te Waipounamu (South Island) artists created in materials ranging from pounamu (greenstone/jade) and harakeke (flax) to steel, cedar, leather, canvas and paper.

‘Kirituna’ is a turn of phrase used to describe someone who is ‘thick skinned’ or tenacious. It can also mean someone who is resilient. For contemporary Māori artists working in Te Waipounamu (South Island) the phrase is both literal and inspirational.

That Māori art has survived social and political efforts to suppress traditional Māori culture over the last 200 years demonstrates its resilience.

The tenacity of tuna to survive in heavily-polluted waters inspires these artists to explore and create new forms of contemporary Māori art, especially through times of adversity.

The theme of Kirituna also expresses the importance of te taiao (nature) in Māori culture. For many Māori artists te taiao is a constant source of inspiration.

Artists include Rahera Clark, Priscilla Cowie, Darryn George, Morgan Hale, Turumeke Harrington, Christine Harvey, Simon Kaan, Vicki Lenihan, Riki Henere Manuel, Ranui Ngarimu, Paula Rigby, Caleb Robinson, Ephraim Russell, Janna Russo, Camile Taituha.

Presented by Te Ātinga Maori Contemporary Visual Arts in conjunction with Canterbury Museum and Christchurch City Council.

Dates
3 March – 9 April 2017