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Names Held In Our Mouths

Names Held In Our Mouths

When:

  • Sat 8 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 9 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 10 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 11 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 12 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 13 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 14 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 15 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 16 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 17 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 18 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 19 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 20 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 21 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 22 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 23 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 24 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 25 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 26 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 27 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 28 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 29 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 30 Jun, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 1 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 2 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 3 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 4 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 5 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 6 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 7 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 8 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 9 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 10 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 11 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 12 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 13 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 14 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 15 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 16 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 17 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 18 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 19 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 20 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 21 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 22 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 23 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 24 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 25 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 26 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 27 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 28 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 29 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 30 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 31 Jul, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 1 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 2 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 3 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 4 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 5 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 6 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 7 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 8 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 9 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 10 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 11 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 12 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 13 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 14 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 15 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 16 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 17 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 18 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
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Where:

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

“The past is alive in us, so in more than a metaphorical sense the dead are alive - we are our history.” – Epeli Hau’ofa

Cultural knowledge, within Māori and Moana communities, has often been passed on through familial lines, both orally or embodied in particular practices and ceremonies. As with any knowledges, these practices are always in flux, responsive to shifting conditions. Colonisation, capitalism and migration have had a particular impact on how practices are continued. Some fall out of use; others adapt to new materials; still others continue on, fuelled by social functions and significance.

The exhibition 'names held in our mouths' considers the work of six artists and collectives reviving and sustaining indigenous art, with a particular focus on dormant or at-risk practices. Working primarily outside of formal institutions, these modes of revival and transmission, which range from transnational exchanges, museum studies, and close reading of texts, often depend upon and result in a collective impulse.

They also expose a number of oscillating concerns, such as the twin needs of protectionism and open sharing; revival and adaptation; local and global influences. It is often cited in Tongan and Māori language, that we walk backwards into the future. As artists consider what to safeguard for the posterity, we can conceive of the present as a moment pregnant with the past, both informed by and actively constructing our future histories.

Sosefina Andy, Nikau Hindin, Louisa Humphry, Wikuki Kingi, Pacifica Mamas, The Veiqia Project.

Curated by: Ioana Gordon-Smith

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