Remembrance, Resistance, Resurgence: The global rise of contemporary indigenous art 

Thu 5 Sep 2013,  6pm–7.30pm
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Free entry. Ticketed – places are limited.

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki examines how contemporary Māori, Pacific, and Aboriginal artists are coming into their own in a global context, and utilising new technologies and media.

This presentation – Remembrance, Resistance, Resurgence: The global rise of contemporary indigenous art – is the 2013 New Zealand Aronui Lecture, in association with the Royal Society of New Zealand.

The lecture

In this lecture, Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki discusses how indigenous artists in Asia, Africa, northern Europe, the Americas, Australasia, and the Pacific, are utilising new technologies and media to ‘explore their identities and recast their heritages in contemporary forms’.

This development is currently being showcased in the National Art Gallery of Canada’s landmark exhibition of recent work by over 80 artists from 16 countries, including New Zealand.

Jonathan seeks to ‘contextualise contemporary Maori, Pacific and Aboriginal art within the global resurgence of indigeneity, and in terms of commonalities, continuities, and ‘kinship’ as well as difference and separation’.

Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri) is an art historian, architectural historian, cultural historian, and curator. 

He was Head of Elam School of Fine Arts until 2012, and is currently dividing his time between Te Papa, where he is Head of Arts and Visual Culture, and his Marsden-funded research at the University of Auckland. 

While Jonathan’s professional work encompasses many disciplines, he is especially noted as a pioneer in the development of contemporary Māori and Pacific art and art history. He has served on a wide range of national and international bodies, and is a strong advocate for the humanities and the creative arts, as well as Māori knowledge and education.

Jonathan was the recipient of the 2012 Pou Aronui Award, in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the development of the humanities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The New Zealand Aronui Lecture

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