Thursday 3 July | 5pm - 10pm

Head to Expressions on Art Night for free hot soup, warm folk music by award-winning singer Amirira Grenell and contemporary work by Reweti Arapere.

The celebrate Matariki, Expressions presents Rakai Matarau - works by Reweti Arapere. Featuring bold markings on life size cardboard pou, these works are a contemporary approach to visual language. Apapere's art practice represents Maori narratives in a contemporary light, blending customary Maori art forms with graffiti style influence, representing young Maori who identify with both Maori and metropolitan culture. This exhibition of works on paper navigate beyond the planes of the paper they fill, the line that bleedsfrom my permanent marker walks through time and space; adapting, reinvigorating and searching through the visual language left by our tupuna (ancestors).

Examples ofthis visual language can be seen adorning many marae across Aotearoa today. Exhibited during Matariki Rakau Matarau activates a fresh understanding of a selection of pivotal Maori cosmological narratives and customary practices relevant to this time of the year. Matariki is a time of wananga (contemplation) and maumahara (reflection). Apere acknowledges this asa time of remembrance of those that have passed and the contribution they made to he lives of those left behind.

Ka hoki mahara kia ratou kua wheturangitia.


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