Artist Talk: Areta Wilkinson and Mark Adams

Lectures  /  06 Feb 2021
Published: 04.02.2021

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Hear Areta Wilkinson and Mark Adams discuss "Repatriation", a collaborative project addressing the situation of the artifact and Ngāi Tahu taonga within museums in Aotearoa and abroad. The pair produced unique silver bromide photograms of taonga with the tools and materials of their making.

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Mark Adams, Areta Wilkinson
A residency at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK, between 2009 - 2017 allowed the artists to respond to those parts of collections with personal significance housed in English and German imperial museums.

For Wilkinson, the project allowed a direct engagement with her whakapapa as a maker, and to produce new works from the absences in these photograms, which directly reference the mātauranga Māori of her ancestors. For Adams, the project opened a way of engaging with the colonial relationships these artifacts and taonga are enmeshed in without messing with them.

Their collaborative practice and the body of work titled Repatriation intends to return the shades of this cultural material and presents new manifestations of it to our eyes here.

Time: Saturday, 6 Feb, 3 pm UTC+01.
Free entry.