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Marshall, Tangaroa to speak at art event

Sunday October 21, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand Ewen McDonald with Ben Bergman and First Secretary Kirsty Michel at the Beachcomber event. 18101808 Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand Ewen McDonald with Ben Bergman and First Secretary Kirsty Michel at the Beachcomber event. 18101808

Outgoing New Zealand high commissioner to the Cook Islands Peter Marshall will be one of the guest speakers at tonight’s MPA#1 exhibition at the Bergman Gallery.

The other guest speaker at the exhibition starting at 6pm will be exhibiting Cook Islands artist Mahiriki Tangaroa.

Apart from Tangaroa, works from Andy Leleisi’uao, Julian Hooper, Sylvia Marsters, Brendan Kitto, Raymond Sagapolutele, Benjamin Work, Mark Cross, Reuben Paterson, Nanette Lela’ulu, Michel Tuffery and Tungane Broadbent will be on show.

MPA#1 is designed to reflect the strength of Modern Pacific Art practice across a variety of media, to give it global context and to offer it as a standard, ignoring archaic parameters imposed on it by Western art institutions.

These 12 artists offer a compelling statement, diffusing cultural stereotypes, addressing issues of identity, past and present value systems, human diaspora and economic circumstance.

MPA#1 is proudly supported by Air New Zealand, Bank South Pacific, Palm Grove, CITC Liquor and Turama Photography.

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