â€œThe Future is Death explores our place as migrant people in a colonised land,â€ says curator Leilani A Sio aka Panda. â€œIt asks, as manuhiri in Aotearoa, to consider our role and responsibilities, to write our own future. The Future is Death presents work by five emerging Pasefika artists that reimagines a new existence for their people, to reveal their images of what will follow.â€
The artists involved in the Tautai exhibition are Taupuruariki Brightwell, Leala Faleseuga, Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho, Rex Paget and Janice aka Hy-bee Ikiua Pasi-Taito. Leilani A Sio says the legacy and violence of colonisation has disguised ancestral connections due to the subterfuge of a conquer and divide mentality. â€œThis has dulled our knowledge that our roots are intertwined, reaching back through magma and blood, space and time. Cycles of migration are in our DNA.â€
â€œThe Future is Death is an imagining of radical death, the death of patterns, conversations and behaviours that have kept us imprisoned in a dichotomy where Tangata Whenua and Tangata O Le Moana are pitted against each other, competing for scraps instead of reweaving cultural connections. To move forward is to acknowledge we have been prisoners in somebody elseâ€™s imagination, enslaved in their structures.â€
The Future is Death – 21 September â€“ 13 October, 2018 Toi Poneke Gallery.
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Saturday 29 Sep 1 – 4pm: Raw Fish Live panel discussion: The Bungas Have Landed!
Saturday 6 October 1pm: Artist/curatorâ€™s talk: Hiroâ€™s Progeny with Taupuruariki Brightwell and Leilani A Sio