Tungaru: The Kiribati Project is a collaboration between contemporary New Zealand artists, Chris Charteris and Jeff Smith. Tungaru is the pre-colonial name for Kiribati. The project was born out of Chrisâ€™ desire to return to Kiribati, to meet his family and to experience life on these tiny strips of atoll in the Pacific. Always with a camera in hand, Jeff was there to capture much of the journey. The exhibition is not only a personal story about family but one that also references the larger global issues of climate change, over-population and threats to traditional cultures. The exhibition features a selection of artworks from Chris, an interactive Kiribati warrior created by Jeff, and archival footage of Kiribati, alongside pieces from the Museumâ€™s Kiribati collections. Alongside the offering at the Museum, a six-week exhibition is being held at MÄngere Arts Centre â€“ NgÄ Tohu o Uenuku, which includes items from the Museumâ€™s collections as well as a selection of works by Chris Charteris and Jeff Smith.
5 July – 23 November
Auckland Museum,Â Pacific Galleries Auckland Museum The Auckland Domain, Auckland
12 July – 24 August
Mangere Arts Centre, Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Auckland< BACK TO LISTINGS