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The Levelling of Puke Ahu

The Levelling of Puke Ahu

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  • Sat 7 Mar ’15, 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Sat 14 Mar ’15, 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Sat 21 Mar ’15, 11:00am – 2:00pm


Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, 211 Left Bank, Cuba St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


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Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Izzy O’Neill & Elijah Winter, Angela Kilford

Curated by Emma Ng

Puke Ahu’s history is studded with instances of conflict, labour, violence, and art – many of them little known among those who live and work around the hill. Through incarnations as a prison, military barracks, national museum and art gallery, and a university campus, the site has been slowly levelled; worn away as the land was repeatedly scratched bare and rewritten.

Played out in the symbolic language of stone and scale, the site is now emblematic of an agenda that celebrates war memorial as a unifying, ‘nation-making’ narrative, while displacing the role of the arts – particularly when used to ask questions and destabilise ‘collectively-held’ identities.

This site-specific project explores the potential for contemporary artists to catalyse conversation and contribute cultural value, in responding to a carefully controlled government site of remembrance. Bronwyn Holloway-Smith’s work will be onsite for the duration of the project, while Izzy O’Neill & Elijah Winter, and Angela Kilford will present performance based work.

Schedule of Performances:

Saturday March 7th
11:00am Angela Kilford
12:00pm Izzy O’Neill & Elijah Winter
1:00pm Angela Kilford

Saturday March 14th
11:00am / 1:00pm Angela Kilford

Saturday March 21st
11:00am Angela Kilford
12:00pm Izzy O’Neill & Elijah Winter
1:00pm Angela Kilford

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