Inspired by Nuku Tewhatewha, this exhibition explores the concept of mana.
Capable of so much more than cultural pride, mana is a â€˜creative and dynamic force that motivates the individual to do better’. When combined with a word such as wahine (women), mana extends the capacity for women’s potential, communicating our integrity, influence, authority, prestige, power and our ability to be a first rate version of ourselves.
The kuwaha (entrance) of Nuku Tewhatewha features a carved woman breastfeeding and acts as a portal into the exhibition by providing the overarching framework; mana wahine. The show features works by Maureen Lander, Octavia Cook, Tui Emma Gillies, Denise Batchelor, Erena Baker, Pauline Bern and Candice Stock, as well as two new works by Saffron Te Ratana and Joanna Langford.
Nuku: Symbols of Mana is curated by the 2014 Blumhardt Intern, Bridget Reweti and takes place in the Blumhardt Gallery.
Artists includeÂ Tui Emma Gillies.
14 February – 26 April
The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt< BACK TO LISTINGS