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John Vea: Talanoa, Colloquies of The Unrecognised Worker


Wed 13 Apr 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 15 Apr 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 16 Apr 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 17 Apr 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: MTG Hawke's Bay, 1 Tennyson St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Seniors/Students: $7.50
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: MTG Hawke's Bay

Stories gleaned from community and retold back to that community as art works are the foundation of John Vea's new show opening at MTG Hawke's Bay on 18 October.

The show will include existing sculptural and moving image works alongside a new performance piece based on interactions Vea has had with people in Hawke's Bay.
The underlying thread of the exhibition is the notion of Talanoa.

Vea explains: "To Talanoa, you have a personal encounter with another person in conversation. The process of Talanoa is used in a respectful journalistic mode and sensibility for collecting stories of the everyday."

There's a rich storytelling element in Vea's work that resonates as truly Pacific, not just in the content and themes of the work but also in the way it is created and presented.
Shared stories told in an allegorical context become almost works of protest as statements about workers rights and minority groups are explored.

Talanoa is on at MTG Hawke's Bay from 17 October 2015 - 17 April 2016.

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