The curator of one of Aotearoa’s largest ever exhibitions that saw over 300 pieces of contemporary Māori art on display now has a new exhibition opening in Auckland.
Following his departure from the Auckland Art Gallery after the stunning success of Toi Tū Toi Ora, Nigel Borrell has collaborated with Tautai Gallery to present Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti – an exhibition from Tangata Moana, people of the pacific.
‘Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti’ represents works from nine out of 20 Auckland-based artists and is distinct as the artworks were created out of the experiences of the artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns.
The 20 artists were part of a fale-ship, where they were encouraged and supported by Tautai to continue to pursue their creative paths, despite the adversity and separation of the lockdown period.
Borell said the fale-ship was an opportunity for the artists to navigate isolation while continuing to tell stories and share perspectives incubated during that time at home.
“It allows for that most vital of functions: supporting our artists and their art-making to be present and to have voice. And just like the unpredictable tides of this pandemic, it has also brought about new opportunities to create and contemplate,”Nigel Borell
Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery till September 25th