Colo­nial his­tory’s in­dige­nous im­pact

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The tragic im­pact of colo­nial set­tle­ment on in­dige­nous Aus­tralians is a key theme in a new ex­hi­bi­tion at Pa¯taka Art + Mu­seum.

Danie Mel­lor’s Plea­sure and Vex­a­tion opened on May 27.

It’s the first ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion of works by this award-win­ning Aus­tralian artist to be shown in New Zealand.

Mel­lor uses his work to show lin­ger­ing cul­tural ef­fects of Aus­tralia’s colo­nial past.

‘‘The cen­tral fo­cus of my work and re­search has been en­gaged with his­tory, and the way in which en­vi­ron­ments have changed through the process of cul­tural in­ter­ac­tion gen­er­ally, and colo­nial his­to­ries in par­tic­u­lar,’’ he said.

Pa¯taka di­rec­tor Reuben Friend said it was ex­cit­ing to have Mel­lor’s work in New Zealand for the first time.

‘‘This is sig­nif­i­cant work with in­sights into the his­tory of our neigh­bours across the Tas­man, but will also res­onate with lo­cal au­di­ences as we re­flect on as­pects of our own cul­tural frame­work and his­tory.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Au­gust 19.

They of the Never Never, left, and The Fruits of Labour, two works by Danie Mel­lor.

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