Oceania : Early Encounters & Imagining the Pacific

Oceania
6 August – 6 November 2011
Te Papa and City Gallery Wellington

‘The ocean is not merely our omnipresent, empirical reality; equally important, it is our most wonderful metaphor for just about anything we can think of. Contemplation of its vastness and majesty, its allurement and fickleness, its regularities and unpredictability, its shoals and depths, its isolating and linking role in our histories—all this excites the imagination and kindles a sense of wonder, curiosity and hope…’ ~ Epeli Hau’ofa.

Oceania is a collaborative exhibition project which will be dramatically staged across Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and City Gallery Wellington during the Real New Zealand Festival 2011.

Comprising two distinct by complementary exhibitions, Oceania explores the richness of Māori, Pacific and Pākehā cultures—and points of connection and influence between them—and offers an unprecedented glimpse into the soul of the region.

At City Gallery Wellington, immerse yourself in a variety of contemporary artistic interpretations of the Pacific. See works by John Pule, contemporary work from Vanuatu, Niki Hastings-McFall, Shigeyuki Kihara, Greg Semu, Lisa Reihana and heaps more.

At Te Papa, go along to events that celebrate Oceania for its people, culture, and diversity.

This event is one not to be missed – a jam packed programme with art activities and workshops, dance and spoken words performances, artists talks, presentations, and guided tours.

Check out the Oceania website here.

City Gallery Wellington have uploaded video interviews on their YouTube channel and will be updating more interviews and snippets relating to Oceania in the next couple of weeks.

Greg Semu discusses his photographic series The Battle of the Noble Savage with curator Reuben Friend. This series are key works in the exhibition Oceania: Imagining the Pacific.

Links:
Oceania

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

City Gallery Wellington

Source and image via Oceania

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