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Artist Talk: Into the Light with Bob Jahnke


Sat 7 Apr 2018, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Bob Jahnke, Navarro Tukutuku (2014-2016), MDF, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity.

Join us for a talk with Bob Jahnke where he will discuss his current exhibition ATA: a third reflection and the Māori understanding of light.

‘Ata’ in te reo Māori references artistic concerns such as reflection, form, light and shadow, but also refers to the act of deliberation. Professor Bob Jahnke’s Ata explores Māori creation narratives and prophetic imagery through light and reflection. Through these optical effects Jahnke endeavours to capture the Maori notion of the emergence of Te Ao Marama the world of light from the darkness of Te Po.

About Bob Jahnke (Te Whanau a Rakairoa, Te Whanau a Iritekura, Ngai Taharora, Ngati Porou):

Bob Jahnke’s work champions modern Māori art and uses it to highlight important cultural issues. His works focus on peoples differing perceptions of reality according to historical facts and circumstance.

Drawing inspiration from his current social environment, the influence of his studies at the California Institute of Art continues to inform his practice.

Jahnke’s works are defined through their questioning and challenging of the established Eurocentric narration of New Zealand’s history; he promotes and champions the Māori experience within his considered contemporary metaphor.

All welcome.

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