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Auckland Arts Festival  presents: Tai Whetuki/House of Death


Wed 18 Mar 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 19 Mar 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 20 Mar 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 21 Mar 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 22 Mar 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: hello46

Death is an inevitability of human life, and fear of it evokes powerful reactions. Since time immemorial, artists, philosophers and religions have questioned life, death and spirituality - but lesser known is an understanding of these phenomena from a Pacific perspective.

Visually striking and emotionally provocative, Tai Whetuki is a powerful new video work by leading multi-media artist Lisa Reihana (Ngapuhi, Ngāti Hine and Ngai Tu) which delves into Māori and Pacific cultural practices pertaining to death and mourning. Haunting and evocative images, accompanied by an elemental soundscape take us on a journey through the intensity and spectacle of communal mourning, in a reflection on grief and the transition of the spirit.

Groundbreaking and courageous, Lisa Reihana is internationally renowned as an artist working across both digital and physical platforms. A permanent installation work, Rangimarie Last Dance, 2011, can be seen within Q Theatre.

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