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Kiwa: Pacific Connections

Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Vancouver BC Sep 20-Oct 20, 2003

June Northcroft-Grant - Te Haerenga
June Northcroft-Grant (Maori), Te Haerenga (2003, acrylic on canvas
[Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Sep 20-Oct 20, 2003]

The largest contemporary Maori art exhibition ever held in North America will be at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery this Fall. The unique exhibit incorporates work by Northwest Coast artists who have made the connection with the Maori over the years. The Northwest Coast artists involved include some of the most respected artists from the Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish, Tlingit, and Nisga’a nations.

Maori art is one of the world's most distinctive cultural art forms, and it continues to flourish with the dedication of a new generation of artists. The evolution of new Maori art has pushed traditional forms and encouraged artists to explore contemporary directions and materials. This exhibition, "Kiwa: Pacific Connections”, will showcase work from more than twenty leading Maori artists. It will include works in wood, ceramics, precious metals, weaving and mixed media.

An important facet of the show is the exchange of artistic ideas, culture, and techniques between the Maori artists and the Northwest Coast artists. Ceremonies with singing and dancing will open the exhibition, and workshops will be held in and around the Vancouver area. The artists from New Zealand will be available for interviews September 18-22. The exhibition will coincide with the Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition, Pasifika: Island Journeys, from June 21, 2003 to May 09, 2004

© Mia Johnson

 Wed, Sep 3, 2003