Colonial history’s indigenous impact
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.