Paemanu: Nohoaka Toi

Ngāi Tahu Artists in Residence  

Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts present Paemanu: Nohoaka Toi – Ngāi Tahu Artists in Residence.

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Curated by senior Paemanu artists, Nohoaka Toi takes visitors on a journey of Ngāi Tahu visual expression from rock art to the present day. Site-specific works, large-scale projections and sculptural interventions explore whakapapa (lineage), wairua (spirit), and the vibrancy of contemporary Ngāi Tahu visual arts.



Nohoaka Toi involves some of Aotearoa’s most significant artists, including Ross Hemera, Areta Wilkinson, Simon Kaan, Lonnie Hutchinson, Peter Robinson, Neil Pardington, Rachael Rakena, Fayne Robinson, Ranui Ngarimu, Nathan Pohio, Louise Potiki Bryant, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon, Kiri Jarden, and many more established and emerging Ngāi Tahu artists.


The exhibition transforms CoCA into a nohoaka seasonal camp, beginning with the artists occupying the gallery prior to the exhibition opening, and continuing throughout — you are warmly welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Until Sunday 26 November. Admission free. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of public events.


This web page will evolve with the exhibition. Please come back soon to find out more about the works and projects in the gallery.

The Artists

  • Areta Wilkinson
    Areta Wilkinson
    New Zealand

    Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri) crafts jewellery that investigates notions of Māori adornment, juxtaposing colonial material with traditional treasures, embodying the collective in the personal and locating the wearer in their environment.

     

  • Fayne Robinson
    Fayne Robinson
    New Zealand

    Fayne Robinson (Ngāi Tahu; Kāti Māmoe; Ngāi Apa ki te Rā Tō; Ngāti Porou) is celebrated at home for his wharewhakairo prowess, and internationally for his contemporary carved pieces that reference traditional objects and ideas.

  • Kiri Jarden
    Kiri Jarden
    New Zealand

    Kiri Jarden (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri) is an arts coordinator focused on involving community – whakapapa – to ensure the success of public art commissions. In 2010 Jarden was a Winston Churchill Fellow, and travelled to Ireland and the United Kingdom to research public art. Jarden is the Christchurch City Council Metropolitan Arts Advisor.

  • Lonnie Hutchinson
    Lonnie Hutchinson
    Christchurch

    Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Hamoa) is a multimedia sculptor, who famously employs cut-out patterns to represent indigenous, colonial and women’s histories, futures and the spaces in-between. Hutchinson has recently completed two major public works adorning car parks in Manukau City and downtown Christchurch.

  • Louise Potiki Bryant
    Louise Potiki Bryant
    New Zealand

    Louise Potiki Bryant (Kāi Tahu; Kāti Māmoe; Waitaha) is a choreographer, dancer and video artist whose solo and collaborative projects have ranged in scale and scope, each embodying the coordination of many disciplines and featuring her signature fluid style.

  • Martin Awa Clarke Langdon
    Martin Awa Clarke Langdon
    Wellington

    Martin Awa Clarke Langdon (Ngāi Tahu; Tainui) is a curator and multidisciplinary artist whose work critiques bicultural duality, questioning assumed identities and creating conversation in the space between. Langdon was a finalist in the 2015 National Contemporary Art Award, and is Education Specialist – ECE and Families at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Co-director of The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs.

  • Nathan Pohio
    Nathan Pohio
    Christchurch

    Nathan Pohio (Ngāi Tahu; Kāti Māmoe; Waitaha) repositions the indigenous experience by reimagining hegemonic histories through photography and alternative cinema. Pohio is Assistant Curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, and was a finalist in the 2016 Walters Prize. He was recently resident in Europe, showing at documenta 14 at Athens and Kassel.

  • Neil Pardington
    Neil Pardington
    New Zealand

    Neil Pardington (Kāti Māmoe; Kāi Tahu – Kāti Waewae) takes photographs that appear to document real spaces, but instead reveal an ever-present faceless otherworldliness. Pardington is also a filmmaker and graphic designer.

  • Peter Robinson
    Peter Robinson
    New Zealand

    Peter Robinson (Kāi Tahu) has been labelled an identity artist: his minimalist painting and conceptual sculptures have borrowed a familiar contact-era palette and have employed tropes to reference biculturalism, but his practice is not static. As with Te Ao Māori, the narrative Robinson’s installations depict is ever evolving. Robinson has won prestigious art awards and represented New Zealand at many international biennales.

  • Rachael Rakena
    Rachael Rakena
    New Zealand

    Rachael Rakena (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Wheke; Ngā Puhi) has coined the term “toi rerehiko” to describe her moving image practice – often collaborative – which uses digital media to navigate and represent traditional concepts, reflecting the modern Māori experience. Rakena is a senior lecturer at the Whiti o Rehua Massey University School of Art, and has represented New Zealand several times at international biennales.

  • Ranui Ngarimu
    Ranui Ngarimu
    New Zealand

    Ranui Ngarimu (Kāti Māmoe; Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Mutunga) was a pupil of Diggeress Te Kanawa, and has woven cloaks for royalty and Olympic flagbearers, co-authored a weaving text, and chaired Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, the Māori weavers’ collective.

  • Ross Hemera
    Ross Hemera
    New Zealand

    Ross Hemera (Waitaha; Ngāti Māmoe; Ngāi Tahu) is well known for his mixed-media public works which explore Ngāi Tahutanga through contemporary, modernist interpretations of ancient drawing and traditional design. Hemera has recently retired from his role as Professor of Māori Art and Design at Massey University’s College for Creative Arts.

     

  • Simon Kaan
    Simon Kaan
    Dunedin

    Simon Kaan (Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Mako) paints and occasionally prints meditations upon the meeting of sky, land and sea, where mohiki motifs float in scapes that also hint at his Chinese whakapapa. Kaan is the Dunedin School of Art Māori student advisor.

Areta Wilkinson
New Zealand

Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri) crafts jewellery that investigates notions of Māori adornment, juxtaposing colonial material with traditional treasures, embodying the collective in the personal and locating the wearer in their environment.

 

Fayne Robinson
New Zealand

Fayne Robinson (Ngāi Tahu; Kāti Māmoe; Ngāi Apa ki te Rā Tō; Ngāti Porou) is celebrated at home for his wharewhakairo prowess, and internationally for his contemporary carved pieces that reference traditional objects and ideas.

Kiri Jarden
New Zealand

Kiri Jarden (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri) is an arts coordinator focused on involving community – whakapapa – to ensure the success of public art commissions. In 2010 Jarden was a Winston Churchill Fellow, and travelled to Ireland and the United Kingdom to research public art. Jarden is the Christchurch City Council Metropolitan Arts Advisor.

Lonnie Hutchinson
Christchurch

Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Hamoa) is a multimedia sculptor, who famously employs cut-out patterns to represent indigenous, colonial and women’s histories, futures and the spaces in-between. Hutchinson has recently completed two major public works adorning car parks in Manukau City and downtown Christchurch.

Louise Potiki Bryant
New Zealand

Louise Potiki Bryant (Kāi Tahu; Kāti Māmoe; Waitaha) is a choreographer, dancer and video artist whose solo and collaborative projects have ranged in scale and scope, each embodying the coordination of many disciplines and featuring her signature fluid style.

Martin Awa Clarke Langdon
Wellington

Martin Awa Clarke Langdon (Ngāi Tahu; Tainui) is a curator and multidisciplinary artist whose work critiques bicultural duality, questioning assumed identities and creating conversation in the space between. Langdon was a finalist in the 2015 National Contemporary Art Award, and is Education Specialist – ECE and Families at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Co-director of The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs.

Nathan Pohio
Christchurch

Nathan Pohio (Ngāi Tahu; Kāti Māmoe; Waitaha) repositions the indigenous experience by reimagining hegemonic histories through photography and alternative cinema. Pohio is Assistant Curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, and was a finalist in the 2016 Walters Prize. He was recently resident in Europe, showing at documenta 14 at Athens and Kassel.

Neil Pardington
New Zealand

Neil Pardington (Kāti Māmoe; Kāi Tahu – Kāti Waewae) takes photographs that appear to document real spaces, but instead reveal an ever-present faceless otherworldliness. Pardington is also a filmmaker and graphic designer.

Peter Robinson
New Zealand

Peter Robinson (Kāi Tahu) has been labelled an identity artist: his minimalist painting and conceptual sculptures have borrowed a familiar contact-era palette and have employed tropes to reference biculturalism, but his practice is not static. As with Te Ao Māori, the narrative Robinson’s installations depict is ever evolving. Robinson has won prestigious art awards and represented New Zealand at many international biennales.

Rachael Rakena
New Zealand

Rachael Rakena (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Wheke; Ngā Puhi) has coined the term “toi rerehiko” to describe her moving image practice – often collaborative – which uses digital media to navigate and represent traditional concepts, reflecting the modern Māori experience. Rakena is a senior lecturer at the Whiti o Rehua Massey University School of Art, and has represented New Zealand several times at international biennales.

Ranui Ngarimu
New Zealand

Ranui Ngarimu (Kāti Māmoe; Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Mutunga) was a pupil of Diggeress Te Kanawa, and has woven cloaks for royalty and Olympic flagbearers, co-authored a weaving text, and chaired Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, the Māori weavers’ collective.

Ross Hemera
New Zealand

Ross Hemera (Waitaha; Ngāti Māmoe; Ngāi Tahu) is well known for his mixed-media public works which explore Ngāi Tahutanga through contemporary, modernist interpretations of ancient drawing and traditional design. Hemera has recently retired from his role as Professor of Māori Art and Design at Massey University’s College for Creative Arts.

 

Simon Kaan
Dunedin

Simon Kaan (Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Mako) paints and occasionally prints meditations upon the meeting of sky, land and sea, where mohiki motifs float in scapes that also hint at his Chinese whakapapa. Kaan is the Dunedin School of Art Māori student advisor.