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Nuku: Symbols of Mana

Past Exhibition
14 Feb – 10 May 2015
Free

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Maureen Lander and Erena Baker.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Maureen Lander and Erena Baker.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Denise Batchelor, Areta Wilkinson and Candice Stock.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Denise Batchelor, Areta Wilkinson and Candice Stock.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Joanna Langford.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Joanna Langford.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Erena Baker.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake. Work by Erena Baker.

Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu), The Herbal Mixture, 2000. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2001

Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu), The Herbal Mixture, 2000. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2001

Tui Emma Gillies, Daughter of a Lost Dynasty, 2012. Courtesy of the artist

Tui Emma Gillies, Daughter of a Lost Dynasty, 2012. Courtesy of the artist

Inspired by Nuku Tewhatewha, this exhibition explores the concept of mana.

Capable of so much more than cultural pride, mana is a ‘creative and dynamic force that motivates the individual to do better’[1]. When combined with a word such as wāhine (women), mana extends the capacity for women’s potential, communicating our integrity, influence, authority, prestige, power and our ability to be a first rate version of ourselves.

The kūwaha (entrance) of Nuku Tewhatewha features a carved woman breastfeeding and acts as a portal into the exhibition by providing the overarching framework; mana wāhine. The show features works by Maureen Lander, Octavia Cook, Tui Emma Gillies, Denise Batchelor, Erena Baker, Pauline Bern and Candice Stock, as well as new work by Joanna Langford.

Nuku: Symbols of Mana is curated by the 2014 Blumhardt Intern, Bridget Reweti and takes place in the Blumhardt Gallery.

[1] Ware, Felicity, 2006. Māui Styles: Youth Development. MA Thesis in Māori Studies, Massey University Palmerston North.

The Dowse Podcast

Curator Bridget Reweti joined us on The Dowse Podcast to talk about her exhibition. Listen to the podcast here.

Listen to our podcast,
featuring Curatorial
Intern Bridget Reweti,
as she talks about the 
meaning behind the 
works in the show.

Listen to our podcast,
featuring Curatorial
Intern Bridget Reweti,
as she talks about the
meaning behind the
works in the show.