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Taipō

When:

Wed 6 Jan 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 7 Jan 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 8 Jan 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 9 Jan 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 10 Jan 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: temanawa09

Between 2001 and 2013, Bridget Reweti, Terri Te Tau and Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti laid claim to the best studio in Toioho ki Āpiti. It became a petri dish of ideas breeding masters exhibitions, a PhD confirmation, collaborative practices, dancing, dress ups and strange experiments. It was during this time of learning within a shared environment that the premise for Taipō was born.

"Taipō" may be translated as "goblin" and Māori used the term to describe a surveyor's theodolite during the 19th century. Signifying a threat to mana whenua, loss was imminent once the taipō cast its eye across the land. Taipō is an acknowledgement of both historical and contemporary grievances felt by Māori.

This exhibition portrays how three diverse art practices contribute towards the self-determination of Māori through reclaiming the taipō as our own tool from which to survey the residual colonial landscapes we inhabit.

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