UKU//UTU | Curated by Māia Abraham and Jesse-James Pickery
With Nigel Borell, Heramaahina Eketone and Wi Taepa
Please join us to celebrate at the closure of this exhibition on Saturday 24 August, 2pm.
Uku being from the body of Papatuānuku and also being the material that sculpted the first human, Hineahuone in Māori oral tradition, represents a direct connection with the land. Our language, Te Reo, mimics the waves of the ocean, the birds of the trees and the shapes of the hills. The way we communicate and relate to each other is intrinsically connected to the land from which we come from. Uku is a powerful symbol of this whakapapa through which we can gather people together to learn and teach each other.
Curated by Jesse-James Pickery (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) and Māia Abraham (Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāi Tūhoe), UKU//UTU aims to disrupt the structure of a formal exhibition as a site for wānanga, where practitioners and guests with specialist knowledge will facilitate discussion around uku and its impact on relationships with ourselves, other people and places.
This wānanga invites artists, guests and visitors to collaborate over six weeks in the gallery, which will function like a studio during open hours. In addition to this, there will be a vibrant series of events and public programmes that reimagine the structure and function of exhibition making and presentation within a contemporary experimental framework.
The calendar of events will update and develop alongside the wānanga.
Wi Taepa: Wednesday 17 July – Saturday 24 August
Heramaahina Eketone: Tuesday 23 July – Thursday 25 July
Nigel Borell: Wednesday 14 August – Thursday 15 August