Melanie Oliver

Artist interview
Texture of the Time

Texture of the Time

John Miller (Ngāpuhi) is a special figure in Aotearoa, having photographed protests and important events throughout the country from 1967 right up until the present moment. His work covers everything from the 1960s and 1970s anti-Vietnam war and anti-nuclear protests to the 1975 Māori Land March, 1977–78 Bastion Point occupation and 1981 Springbok Tour protests, as well as many more examples of civilian dissent. John uses the camera as a witness, capturing moments of collective voice in action, and he also honours the people who have led the charge for changes in thinking and our society. Looking at his work is like walking through our history backwards into the future. Curator Melanie Oliver sat down with activist John Minto and photographer Conor Clarke (Ngāi Tahu) to talk about John Miller’s work.

Exhibition

Aydriannah Tuiali: Kōwhai

In Te Ao Māori, waiata (songs) are often used to retain memories, knowledge and whakapapa. The meditative chant that artist Aydriannah Tuiali’i performs here urges us to reflect on our ancestors, to look for sustenance and future wellbeing through our connections to the past.

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Kulimoeʻanga Stone Maka: Toga mo Bolataʻane

Monumental contemporary ngatu tā’uli by local Tongan artist Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka.

Exhibition

Issy Van Der Leden: Dog Days

What you’ll find down an Internet rabbit hole.

Commentary
Pauline Rhodes: Blue Mind

Pauline Rhodes: Blue Mind

Painted blue and patterned with rust, the thin plywood panels and screens lean nonchalantly around the walls of the gallery and form a skyline of sorts. Across the floor sculptures intersect the space, with groupings of tall rods, waist-high enclosures, clusters of plywood shapes and a small kayak frame on salvaged seaweed and driftwood. Islands for the audience to navigate. The forms are roughly human in scale and relative to the body, generating an intensity and making this an immersive installation to wade through. 

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Things That Shape Us

Art, democracy and collective action in the aftermath of trauma.

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Steve Carr: In Bloom

Bronze-cast tyres and living plants present a contrast in materials, reflecting on states of permanence and change. 

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Xin Cheng and Eleanor Cooper: The rustling wind reminds me of life on Earth

Artists Xin Cheng and Eleanor Cooper are interested in ecosystems and everyday resourcefulness.

Notes
A Quick Q&A with James Oram

A Quick Q&A with James Oram

Over lockdown, Ōtautahi artist James Oram made a new work for our online exhibition Spheres: An Online Video Project. I asked him a few questions about the making of the work, which is up on our website until the end of October.

Exhibition

Spheres: An Online Video Project

An online series of moving image works exploring social distance and personal environments including works from Xin Cheng, John Chrisstoffels, Conor Clarke, Ronnie van Hout, Sonya Lacey, Janet Lilo, Sione Monu, James Oram, Nova Paul, Bridget Reweti, Sriwhana Spong and Matavai Taulangau.

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