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We’re in the finals!

Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

We are thrilled to be named as finalists in the 2019 ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards in the Kia Toi Te Reo Most Innovative Use of Te Reo Māori category for our exhibition Shannon Te Ao: my life as a tunnel. These awards are judged by our peers within the industry and being selected as a finalist means a lot to us, especially because particular note was made of the number and quality of entries in our category.

Shannon Te Ao: my life as a tunnel was on display at The Dowse 21 April – 22 July 2018. The exhibition was the third iteration of a moving image project that follows on from Untitled (malady) (2016) and With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods (2017); the title itself an analogy for his process of mining, revisiting, transposing.

SHANNON TE AO: MY LIFE AS A TUNNEL. INSTALLATION VIEW.

SHANNON TE AO: MY LIFE AS A TUNNEL. INSTALLATION VIEW.

Like a karanga ringing out across the marae, the audience was called into the gallery space through song: male voices singing a lament in te reo Māori. Warm and low, their song enticed visitors to enter the darkened space where a large, double-sided video projection filled the centre of the room. It was dramatic, poignant and emotionally powerful due to both the scale and content.

Te reo Māori was integral to the creation and presentation of the show that highlighted the importance of te reo Māori. The exhibition involved a major new video installation alongside an earlier video work, several Ralph Hotere works from The Dowse Collection and a Māori wall text from Kurt Komene (Te Atiawa, Taranaki Whānui).

SHANNON TE AO: MY LIFE AS A TUNNEL. INSTALLATION VIEW.

SHANNON TE AO: MY LIFE AS A TUNNEL. INSTALLATION VIEW.

We are filled with pride to be selected as finalists in the 2019 ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards alongside the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery for Kūreitanga II, IV, MOTAT for He Whakaritenga Hou: A New Setting and Tairāwhiti Museum for TaoNgā Pare-Mata: Mangatū Taonga Returned.

Congratulations to all finalists. We look forward to celebrating with you at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 22 May.

SHANNON TE AO: MY LIFE AS A TUNNEL. INSTALLATION VIEW.

SHANNON TE AO: MY LIFE AS A TUNNEL. INSTALLATION VIEW.

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