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Tabatha Forbes: Takeaways from the South Pacific

Tabatha Forbes: Takeaways from the South Pacific

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  • Wed 11 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 12 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 13 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 14 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 17 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 18 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 19 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 20 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 21 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 24 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 25 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 26 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 27 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 28 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Seed Gallery, PO Box 99554, Newmarket


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

For the past decade Tabatha Forbes has investigated the empirical practices of botanical and natural history illustration and the processes of collection, identification and introduction. Takeaways is predominantly concerned with the early barter between the indigenous Pacific Islanders and the early European ships: specifically the taking away and the leaving behind of certain objects, plants and animals in the South Pacific. The works make no judgment as to the rights and wrongs of cultural exchange, but rather how we value culture and environment and how economics, politics, cultural practices and the environmental understanding of the day can influence those values.

These items once left or taken are also removed of their original context, becoming transient, without purpose or place. For example, a Tongan fertility statue on an English saucer or a Catholic rosary on a mother of pearl shell expresses the oddness of the shift in context. Inevitably the importance of these items, culturally, spiritually, practically and environmentally is also lost, or at the very least transformed.

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