Shona Rapira Davies, <i>Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa</i> (detail), installation image, 2022. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Image: Hayley Bethell.

Shona Rapira Davies, Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa (detail), installation image, 2022. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Image: Hayley Bethell.

Govett-Brewster Seniors

November: Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa
  • Fri 11 Nov 2022
  • 10—11AM
  • Len Lye Centre
  • Second Friday of the month
  • Free entry
  • Meet at Monica's Eatery 9.30 am ready for a 10 am start

Talks for older people keen for a regular dose of art and culture.

Join us for free-flowing conversations and experiences of contemporary art inside the current exhibitions. No knowledge of art is needed!

This month we will explore a major new installation by Shona Rapira Davies, Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa which responds to histories distinct to Taranaki and to the ‘cathedral-like’ space of the gallery.

These histories include the New Zealand land wars which began in Waitara in March 1860, an armed conflict over land ownership and sovereignty between iwi and the New Zealand Government, and Parihaka: a Māori response to the conflict that saw a papakainga (Māori village) founded on a prophecy of peace, at the base of Mount Taranaki.

Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa speaks to the gesture of the children of Parihaka who were sent out in front of invading soldiers, the extinguishing of iwi land rights through warfare and force, and the ongoing processes of colonisation and industrialisation that cause continuing alienation for iwi from resources and led to environmental damage to local lands and the pollution of the sea.

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