Artist Talk: Areta Wilkinson and Moa-Hunters Fashion

Lectures  /  25 Nov 2020
Published: 25.11.2020
Areta Wilkinson. Necklace: Vertebra I, II, III, 2017. 24-carat Ōtākou gold, flax bailing twine.. Photo by: Studio La Gonda. From series: Moa-Hunter Fashions. Courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms, Auckland.. Detail view.. Areta Wilkinson
Necklace: Vertebra I, II, III, 2017
24-carat Ōtākou gold, flax bailing twine.
Photo by: Studio La Gonda
From series: Moa-Hunter Fashions
Courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms, Auckland.
Detail view.
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This evening, artist Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha) will give a talk about her exhibition Moa-Hunter Fashions at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Moa-Hunter Fashions is a new iteration of the project Wilkinson made for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

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Areta Wilkinson
Through studio practice and applied research, artist Areta Wilkinson expresses concepts of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa (genealogy links and relationships) and mahinga kai customary sites of natural resources and cultural production. Like her ancestors before her, she utilises local resources for the task at hand – hammerstones from the Waimakariri and Rakahuri Ashley Rivers, local pigments, clays, and gold.

Layers of relationships to the past are ever-present. Through photograms of moa butchery bones and refuse from early campsites, 3D prints of archaic artifacts used for mark-making on ceramics, shapes, and forms referencing historic Ngāi Tahu visual culture.

Time: 25 Nov, 6 pm UTC+01.
Free entry.