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OMGs - Māori Gods in the 21st century


Fri 28 Mar 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 4 Apr 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 11 Apr 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 12 Apr 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 13 Apr 2014, 1:30am–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

Norm Heke, digital artist/photographer re-engages audiences with fundamental stories that underpin Māori cultural society through past and present depictions of ngā atua (gods). Pivotal characters in Māori whakapapa (geneology) are highlighted starting from the very beginning of time through to the discovery of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

I wanted to give Māori gods a renewed presence in contemporary culture by modernising the characters and contextualising the stories, in order for them to remain alive and vibrant in our society. I chose Photorealism as the medium to build each of the atua a stage as grand as any of the Greek Gods.
These are our indigenous super heroes and they deserve to be celebrated. Norm Heke.

Each work consists of a multitude of collected photographed textures and location shots procured from numerous travels and holidays around the country over the years. Each depiction is carefully interwoven to construct scenes derived from Norm's imagination, all posing their own unique challenge to develop. Norm's love of the natural environment, Māori cultural traditions and attention to detail are evident.