CITY GALLERY WELLING­TON PRESENTS SHAN­NON TE AO’S 2011 PER­FOR­MANCE

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Shan­non Te Ao’s 2011 video per­for­mance, Un­ti­tled (McCa­hon House Stud­ies), is be­ing shown at City Gallery Welling­ton un­til July 30. Te Ao’s work will be pre­sented along­side City Gallery Welling­ton’s show­ing of Colin McCa­hon’s On Go­ing Out with the Tide. As the sub­ject of the show is ap­pro­pri­a­tions of Maori cul­ture, Te Ao’s work fits per­fectly. Art writer Martin Pa­trick says that Te Ao’s work cre­ates “chaotic en­tan­gle­ments of past and present, then and now, Pakeha and Maori, bi­cul­tural na­tion states and in­dige­nous tra­di­tions, be­lief sys­tems, and pro­to­cols.”

Un­ti­tled (McCa­hon House Stud­ies) sees Te Ao oc­cupy McCa­hon’s for­mer fam­ily home in Ti­ti­rangi. It is the lo­ca­tion in which McCa­hon made much of his work back in the 1950s. It is now a mu­seum with an artist res­i­dency. Dur­ing the per­for­mance, Te Ao ad­dresses the de­mands of cre­ativ­ity and fam­ily, all draw­ing on McCa­hon’s life ex­pe­ri­ences.

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