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Fiona Pardington: TIKI: Orphans of Māoriland

June 12 - July 11

Fiona Pardington, A60927, 2019, pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. With thanks to the Wellcome Collection | Science Museum Group. Courtesy: the artist and STARKWHITE Gallery, Auckland.

 

When Fiona Pardington found these unusual objects from London’s Wellcome Collection she was struck by their mystery. Neither taonga, nor mass-produced trinket, they are as difficult to identify as their creators. Acquired from London auction houses, these faux hei-tiki were probably created for the Pākehā or international market that flourished 1880-1910. Maoriland was the poetic name for the romantic late colonial fiction they represent.  Pardington re-appropriates and breathes life into them with her camera and reparative vision, giving them dignity as the orphans of a complex history of interaction, exchange and exploitation.    

 

Exhibition opens: 5:30–7.30pm Wednesday 12 June 2019

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Details

Start:
June 12
End:
July 11

Gallery Name

Starkwhite
Phone:
+64 9-307 0703
Email:
contact@starkwhite.co.nz
Website:
starkwhite.co.nz

Venue

Starkwhite
510 Karangahape Rd
Auckland, New Zealand
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Details

Start:
June 12
End:
July 11

Gallery Name

Starkwhite
Phone:
+64 9-307 0703
Email:
contact@starkwhite.co.nz
Website:
starkwhite.co.nz

Venue

Starkwhite
510 Karangahape Rd
Auckland, New Zealand
+ Google Map