Paemanu: Tauraka Toi
A Landing Place
11 December 2021 - 25 April 2022
Ka noho a Paemanu: Tauraka Toi ki te roro matua, ā, ki kā taiwhaka whakaatu e ono ki te papa tuatahi o Te Whare Toi Tūmatawhānui o Ōtepoti.
Nei ko te taiwhaka toi, tō mātau tauraka, tō mātou tūka mō te mahi toi o Kāi Tahu
E toro atu ai a mahara ki whakapata, ki te tautaka mai o tō waka
I whakamoanitia e tō tāhūhū he ātea e mauroa ana ki tēnei nei tāhuna
Ka tirohia te wāhi nei, kia hōrapa ana tō āhua
Nōu te kōhatu tū moana i herea rāia mai ai
I a tātau e rakitāmirotia anōtia, ka hoki a mahara ki tō tauraka
Hāi ēnei raki anō tō āhua ka whakatokotoria
I tīmata tā mātau, ko te Mana Whenua haereka i te whakatūraka o te kōhatu ki te roro matua. Ki te whakaaturaka ‘Hurahia ana kā Whetū’ i tūwheratia i te Māruaroa, ko Ross Hemera rāua ko Cath Brown te hāpai, nā i waere ai te ara kia tau ai a, ‘Paemanu: Tauraka Toi’.
Paemanu: Tauraka Toi - A Landing Place will occupy the foyer and the six galleries on the first floor of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Here the gallery is our tauraka, a landing place for Kāi Tahu art.
So long ago we remember when you landed your waka
Your tāhūhū smoothed an ātea deep forever on this tāhuna
We look around this place to lay out your āhua
It was your kōhatu that assured a firm anchorage
When we draw together again it is time to remember your tauraka
We will lay out your āhua again today
Our journey began with mana whenua and the placing of kōhatu in the gallery foyer. In the collection show Hurahia ana kā Whetū which opened in June, Ross Hemera and Cath Brown, the advance party, set the scene for our arrival, Paemanu: Tauraka Toi.
Co-curated by a team of senior Kāi Tahu contemporary artists and Paemanu trustees - Areta Wilkinson, Ayesha Green, Lonnie Hutchinson, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon, Nathan Pōhio, Peter Robinson, Rachael Rakena, Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti, Ross Hemera, Simon Kaan, Kiri Jarden and Vicki Lenihan. The exhibition will feature newly commissioned works and usher in a new generation of artists alongside well-established practitioners.
A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artist Project supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and project partner, Dunedin School of Art.