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Te Tuhi opens winter exhibitions

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Artwork by Sione Tuívailala Monū, ʻAo kakala, 2021.

Local contemporary art gallery Te Tuhi has opened its winter exhibitions.

A large crowd attended the May 29 opening.

The two major exhibitions have been curated by emerging Auckland curators Amy Weng and Robbie Handcock.

Weng has curated They cover the house in stories, featuring four Aotearoa artists.

Regular collaborators Xin Cheng and Eleanor Cooper present their research into Pupuke Moana (Lake Pupuke) and Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek) in the form of audio recordings and a set of postcards.

George Watson explores the aesthetic and decorative conventions of early New Zealand settler culture that shape “our understanding of place, property and belonging,” Te Tuhi says.

Bridget Reweti’s new body of work draws together poetic and metaphorical images of journeying to create sculptural works that stretch across time.

Handcock has curated The Inner Lives of Islands which explores storytelling from artists from across the Asia-Pacific and how these might reflect ideas of nationhood and identities from this region.

Christopher Ulutupu presents a newly-commissioned video work that includes scenic natural landscapes, dramatic musical numbers and a cast of family and friends.

Also working in video, Handcock has included Shotgun Tuding, a 2014 “Pancit Western” by Filipino artist Shireen Seno.

In her surreal 2014 film Moomin Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon, Japanese artist Yuki Iiyama casts her own sister who details her hallucinations of the Moomins.

Sculpure is also included in the exhibition.

Emerita Baik’s circular sculptures combine traditional and contemporary techniques. Sione Tuívailala Monu references traditional practices, part of the artist’s ongoing work with nimamea’a tuikakala, the Tongan fine art of flower designing.

Added to these major exhibitions are new works by Connor Fitzgerald and a new installation by Louise Stevenson.

Te Tuhi’s winter exhibition runs until August 22.

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