Ex­hi­bi­tion shines spot­light on Kiri­bati art­works

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Tun­garu: The Kiri­bati Project, an ex­hi­bi­tion on show at the Auck­land Mu­seum, will have spe­cial in­ter­est for Auck­lan­ders con­nected to the Pa­cific is­land na­tion.

There are just over 650 Kir­it­bati is­landers liv­ing in Auck­land.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is pro­duced by con­tem­po­rary New Zealand artists Chris Char­teris and Jeff Smith, as well as the Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum and the Man­gere Arts Cen­tre.

It will dis­play tra­di­tional arte­facts from the mu­seum’s Pa­cific col­lec­tion, along­side a se­lec­tion of new works from Char­teris, an in­ter­ac­tive Kiri­bati war­rior cre­ated by Smith, and archival film footage of Kiri­bati.

In con­junc­tion with the dis­play at the mu­seum, a six-week ex­hi­bi­tion is on at the Man­gere Arts Cen­tre, which in­cludes items from the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions as well as a se­lec­tion of works by Char­teris and Smith.

The project was born out of Char­teris’ de­sire to re­turn home to Kiri­bati, meet fam­ily and ex­pe­ri­ence life on the is­land.

‘‘I was re­ally taken by the sim­plic­ity of life on the outer is­lands,’’ he says.

‘‘Their life­style now is much the same as it has been for cen­turies. They live in a com­pletely sus­tain­able way even with very few nat­u­ral re­sources avail­able.’’

Along­side the ex­hi­bi­tions will be pub­lic pro­grammes at both venues, in­clud­ing talks, work­shops, and a Kiri­bati sym­po­sium at Auck­land Mu­seum on Oc­to­ber 11.

There is also a new book, Tun­garu: The Kiri­bati Proj- ect, which in­cludes con­tri­bu­tions from arts writer Mark Amery, poet Tere­sia Teaiwa, Niwa sci­en­tist Doug Ram­say and Mar­ion Melk Koch, as well as pho­tos from the jour­ney to Kiri­bati and the art­works

The ex­hi­bi­tion is at Auck­land Mu­seum from July 5 un­til Novem­ber 23. Ad­mis­sion is free.

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