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Untitled image by an unknown photographer, held in a private Diamond family collection, showing Jack and Melville Diamond sometime in the 1930s, at the beginning of a journey to the Waitakeres

The West Auckland World of Jack Diamond

EyeContact Essay #33

Waitakere Library Collection

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Nikau Hindin pounds aute, as her works are installed at Te Uru. Image from the website of Maori TV, May 2019.

Art for the Drowned

TE URU

Titirangi

 

Nikau Hindin (in group show.)
Names Held in Our Mouths

8 June - 18 August 2019

The creation of aute paintings

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Auckland museum's Ancient Worlds gallery. Photograph from the museum's website.

Auckland Museum’s Lost Civilisation

AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Auckland

 

Ancient Worlds gallery; Pacific Masterpieces gallery.

 

Long-term exhibits

Comparing two galleries


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Two kulap figures, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Notes on a Soul Holder

AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Auckland

Pacific Masterpieces 

Thoughts on Kulap carvings

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The Catholic Church of Puke.

The Gaunt Messiah

EyeContact Essay #28

The sculpture of Sunaia Siasau

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Taniela Potelo, Vea Mafile'o's sons Talavou and Malosi, Julian Hooper, Tevita Latu, and Marlowe Hamilton. Photograph by Vea Mafile'o.

Notes from a Seleka Workshop

CORBAN ESTATE ARTS CENTRE

Auckland

 

Julian Hooper and Tevita Latu
Over the Water

 

14 December 2018 - 10 February 2019

Latu and Hooper together


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Tonga's King Tupou VI accepts the lead of Chinese dictator Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing, March 2018. Photograph from the 'South China Morning Post.'

The Return of Ezekiel

EyeContact Essay #26

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The hotel 'lagoon' on a quiet night

Art on a Luxury Atoll

EyeContact Essay #25

Tonga the Friendly Islands

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Seleka clubhouse before the storm. Photo by Virginie Dourlet.

The Shack by the Lagoon

SMALL AXE STUDIO

Onehunga

 

Group show

Shine on Seleka, 

 

8th March - 6th April, 2018

Small Axe Studio project


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Michael Hight, Mount Hutt Station, oil on linen, 2014

Dunedin and the Art of Ruins

EyeContact Essay #23

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Cover of 'Nukuoro: Sculptures from Micronesia.' The subtitle is problematic, because Nukuoro is culturally a Polynesian island, even though it lies inside the borders of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Gods and Museums

Nukuoro: sculptures from Micronesia,
Edited by Christian Kaufmann and Oliver Wick,
Hirmer Publishers, 2013

Nukuoro: sculptures from Micronesia

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Visesio Siasau's exhibition, ‘Uli i he ‘Uli - Black on Black, as installed at OREXART.

The Fertile Void

OREXART

Auckland

 

Visesio Siasau 
‘Uli i he ‘Uli - Black on Black

 

8 June - 1 July 2017

 

Siasau’s new abstractions


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Installation of Ol Map Blong Vanuatu at Fondation Suzanne Bastein.

Surrealism Blong Vanuatu?

Fondation Suzanne Bastien, Pango

Port Vila

 

Patrice Cujo
Ol Map Blong Vanuatu

 

Permanent display

Permanent Cujo survey

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A visitor to Papakura Art Gallery examines the notebook in which Nikau Hindin has recorded her research into aute.

The Return of Aute

PAPAKURA ART GALLERY

Auckland

 

Nikau Hindin
Te Kiri o Tane

 

23 March - 28 April 2016

The revival of Maori tapa making

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Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Bitter Sweet, Te Uru gallery

The Delicious Smell of Death

TE URU

Titirangi,

 

Jasmine Togo-Brisby,
Bitter Sweet,

 

24 September - 13 November 2016

Togo-Brisby’s mound of skulls


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Image from the 100% Pure New Zealand website, used in campaign advertisements.

Against purity: or, why we need Emily Jackson

EyeContact Essay #16

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Nikau Hindin's wananga aute at work. Still from Maori Television.

The First Bite for Five Hundred Years

NATHAN HOMESTEAD GALLERY

Manurewa

 

Nikau Hindin
Te Kiri o Tane: Maori Tapa

 

2 July - 7 August, 2016

Maori tradition of tapa making

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Photograph on page 4 of The Black Islands. Bohane's note reads '"Warlord" Harold Keke (centre, praying) and his GLF (Guadalcanal Liberation Front) guerrillas pray on a beach before patrolling, along the Weathercoast, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands 2013.'

Praying and killing

Waka Press

Ben Bohane

 

The Black Islands

 

Vanuatu, 2013

 

The Solomon Islands civil war


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Tanya Edwards, Me'akai 2, ngatu

Art in a Weimar Kingdom

ON THE SPOT ARTSPACE

Nuku’alofa

On the Spot Arts Collective
Tenth Anniversary Celebration
22 April 2016

 

Tanya Edwards
Me’akai, four new ngatu
22 April - 22 May 2016

Activism in Tonga

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The 'Black Passageway' from Vataulua, outside On the Spot ArtSpace. Photograph by Adam Douglass.

Nuku’alofa’s Liberated Zone

ON THE SPOT ARTSPACE

Nuku’alofa

 

On the Spot Arts Initiative
Vataulua

 

5 August - 1 September, 2015

Tongan contemporary art space

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Still from Sione Faletau's Ha'amonga

Sione Faletau’s Trembling Monument

OTARAcube

Otara

 

Sione Faletau
Ha’amonga

 

20 March - 23 April 2015

From dense coral to human flesh