Brett Graham: Tai Moana Tai Tangata

05 Dec 2020 - 02 May 2021

A cautionary tale about human endeavour in Aotearoa New Zealand.

A solo exhibition of new work by Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence.

Curated by Anna-Marie White (Te Ātiawa)

The accompanying catalogue, led by exhibition curator, Anna-Marie White (Te Ātiawa) and designed by Neil Pardington (Ngai Tahi, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāti Waewae), contextualises this new body of work in relation to Graham’s practice, to produce the most comprehensive resource on this artist, along with commissioned responses from Darcy Nicholas (Te Ātiawa), and Dr Nancy Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache).

Tai Moana Tai Tangata revisits key events of New Zealand history as witnessed by Māori who suffered the most severe penalties of the colonial process.

Engaging the architecture of warfare on the colonial frontier and the language of war memorials in times of peace, the exhibition commemorates historic relationships and political pacts between Tainui and Taranaki iwi in the face of new challenges wrought by European settlement.