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To Turn Night Into Day - Martin Awa Clarke Langdon

'Celestial Bodies', Martin Awa Clarke Langdon
27 May 2020 to 27 Sep 2020
24/7, 7 days a week
An exhibition of new works for Matariki 2020 by Martin Awa Clarke Langdon
Event type: 
Exhibition, Public Art
Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes
99 Courtenay Place Te Aro Wellington


Wellington-based, Auckland-born artist Martin Awa Clarke Langdon (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whāwhākia, Ngāti Hikāiro, Kāi Tahu) presents a new photographic series in the Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes for the months leading into and through Matariki 2020, Pipiri – Whiringa-ā-nuku .

Langdon plays on the transient and changeable nature of this site, allowing passers-by to observe and interact with his artwork during the day and night.  The exhibition consciously embraces the constant state of natural change from Pipiri to Whiringa-ā-nuku.

To Turn Night Into Day observes Matariki as a time of reflection, realignment and reconnection for all. Langdon’s visual imagery explores duality and connections within the culturally entangled Māori and Pākehā worldviews he experienced growing up. Personal moments with whānau, urban observations and abstractions of whakapapa highlight the importance of whānau and shared knowledge through the generations.

Written by

Wellington City Council - City Arts

21 May 2020

Interests Wellington City Council aims to make it easy for all Wellingtonians to access and participate in the arts. It does this by supporting the arts through funding, arts programmes and advice and by providing venues and facilities such as Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre.