The Dawn Raids – Educate to Liberate

19 Jul – 18 Aug 2019

The Bottle Creek Gallery at Pātaka is transformed into a Pacific Island family’s lounge from the 1970s. This nostalgic setting forms a backdrop for artworks, memorabilia, photographs and personal accounts of the Dawn Raids.

This was a time when Police and immigration officials entered the homes of Pacific Island people in the early hours of the morning, wanting proof of residency, work permits, and passports. The Polynesian Panthers, a political group that emerged during this time, fought against the unfair treatment, injustice, and oppression of Pacific Islanders and encouraged immigrant families across New Zealand to stand up for their human rights.

This powerful and insightful exhibition seeks to inform and educate about this period in New Zealand’s history and honour the courageous role that the Polynesian Panthers played in the fight for social justice.

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Alicja Gear: Essence of this Land

5 Jul – 11 Aug 2019

Working with oils on large un-stretched canvases, local artist Alicja Gear paints abstract landscapes that explore our deep connections with the natural world. She’s interested in the concept of kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection) as a way of managing the environment, and reminding us of our responsibilities as kaitiaki of the land.

The works in Essence of this Land have been inspired by the nearby Pāuatahanui inlet, providing a framework for Gear to focus on. Her bold use of colour builds on the emotions she feels when interacting with the land, and helps to portray the play of light across the scene. Gear’s large gestural marks also seek to explore the positive emotional response experienced when engaging with something of beauty.

Essence of this Land is Alicja Gear’s first solo show at Pātaka. She’s previously exhibited in the group show Four Women Who Paint and has been involved with the Little Sprouts Charity and the Pātaka Art Awards, winning the Jane Hyde Painting Award, 2018 and the People’s Choice Awards, 2017.

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SEE WHAT I CAN SEE: Discovering New Zealand Photography

7 April – 29 July 2019

Photographs have plenty to tell us about the world, yet they are often full of mystery and complication. Great photos are alive with hints and echoes and mysteries – and they can change every time you look at them. Nearly all of the images in this exhibition were made by New Zealand photographers of New Zealand subjects, so they have a lot to say about this place and about the people, young and old, who live here. Photographs capture our dreams, imaginings and fears, aspirations and inner lives. This exhibition is a celebration of the things a camera can do, the places it can go and its capacity to record and reinvent the world around us. This exhibition has been curated by Greg Donson, Sarjeant Gallery Curator and Public Programmes Manager, and Gregory O’Brien, Independent Curator and writer of the book See what I can see – New Zealand photography for the young and curious, published by Auckland University Press in 2015.

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From the Shore

7 April – 21 July 2019

From the Shore considers the influence of Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita on a current generation of artists, specifically those working with moving image. Barclay and Mita were forerunners in making films by Māori, about Māori, for Māori. Through their work in film, television and writing, Barclay and Mita set out some core concerns of indigenous filmmaking internationally, ranging from control over production through to community-based models of filming and upending technical conventions, such as staged interviews.

From the Shore brings together contemporary works that echo Barclay and Mita’s strategies and philosophies. The exhibition takes its title from Barclay’s metaphor of indigenous cinema as ‘a camera on the shore’ that reverses the direction of the colonial gaze.

Featuring work by Tanu Gago, Robert George, Tracey Moffatt, Nova Paul, Lisa Reihana and Tuafale Tanoa’i, aka Linda T.

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7 June – 14 July, 2019

E ngā iho kura o tēnā waka, o tēnā maunga, o tēnā awa huri noa i te motu, nei rā te mihi, te reo karanga anō hoki ki a koutou katoa. IHO is a collaborative exhibition which explores the terms used to describe traditional Māori hairstyles, types and methods of adorning hair. The exhibition will demonstrate the stylised interpretation of these terms, through a series of dramatic portraits and written works.

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