Sculptures for <i>Tai Moana Tai Tangata</i> in progress at Brett Graham’s studio, February 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Sculptures for Tai Moana Tai Tangata in progress at Brett Graham’s studio, February 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Memories carved in relief

Art News New Zealand Profile by Hanahiva Rose

30 Mar 2020

"A major exhibition of sculpture and film by Brett Graham opens in New Plymouth this autumn. Hanahiva Rose contextualises the histories, prophecies and revisitations in Graham’s work".

 

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and Collections, Hanahiva Rose, is regularly published nationally for her writing on Māori and Pacific art practices in Aotearoa.

 

Ahead of a major exhibition by Brett Graham, Hanahiva contextualises the histories, prophecies and revisitations in the artist’s work, for this profile piece, published in Art News New Zealand.

 

Tai Moana Tai Tangata is a solo exhibition from Govett-Brewster Art Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence, Brett Graham, which presents five monumental sculptures and three accompanying films.

 

Guest curated by Anna-Marie White (Te Ātiawa), the exhibition revisit key events in New Zealand history as witnessed by Māori, who suffered the most severe penalties of the colonial process, and draws on a local context of Taranaki to look at strategies within this location, of resistance to colonisation.

 

This article was first published in Art News New Zealand Autumn 2020.

Read the full profile on Art News New Zealand.

"Based in New Plymouth in 2019 as artist in residence at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Brett Graham (Ngāti Korokī Kahukura, Tainui) has been thinking about place. Recent work by the sculptor and installation artist has engaged with landscapes, with monuments and with narratives".

Manukau 2020, video animation still,
Brett Graham and Ken Gorrie,
Animation Research Ltd.

Manukau 2020, video animation still,
Brett Graham and Ken Gorrie,
Animation Research Ltd.