16 August 2011

Pakiwhaitara - Stories to Tell, Christchurch, til 31 August

Pakiwhaitara - Stories To Tell is a portfolio of 20 artists 
from Australia, Mexico and New Zealand
which is currently on show in the Rakaia Centre Library
at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology now until 31 August, 
as part of the School of Art & Design's Spark Week 
and in conjunction with the Christchurch Arts Festival.

The Pakiwhaitara:Stories to Tell portfolio and its packaging

The portfolio artists have each contributed their interpretation of a myth or legend 
that has a personal resonance for them, based on fact or fiction, past or present. 

The resulting imagery and stories reflect a diversity of cultural backgrounds, 
Maori, Pakeha, Zenadh Kes, Tongan, Chinese and Mexican. 
The images also present a range of attitudes, 
from respectful to provocative reappraisals of past and present stories and issues.

The Maori title is a blend of whai: to search 
and pakiwaitara: stories, fact or fiction.

Riki Manuel, Te Waka o Aoraki, 2010

Sam Reed, Mitch, 2010

Kiri Te Wake, Forbidden Fruit of the Underworld, 2010

Te Maari Gardiner-Ngata, Hika Ra Taku Ahi (Strike My Fire), 2010

The artists are Anna Dalzell, Simon Edwards, Te Maari Gardiner-Ngata, 
Victor Hernandez, Ben Hodges, Kim Lowe, Euan Macleod, Kulimoeanga Maka, 
Riki Manuel, Arturo Meade, Xavier Meade, Elizabeth Moyle, Hannah Page, 
Samuel Reed, Michael Reed, Glen Stringer, Dylan Taylor, Kiri Te Wake, 
Sandra Thomson and Wayne Youle.

Many of the editions were produced in collaboration
with the School of Art & Design, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. 

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