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Imagining Pacific people

Kihara's work touches on ancient traditions as well as contemporary realities. Other works in this section explore questions of individual and cultural identity. Works by Māori, Pacific and Pākehā artists offer different visions of Oceanic people, their everyday lives, histories and dreams.

Modern world, ancient forms

Myths, concepts and visual forms are passed down to us from ancient tradition. In this space we experience the ways in which recent artists have revisited koru and kowhaiwhai forms, making them relevant to the contemporary world.

Seeing and imagining the Pacific

Works in this space explore the radically different ways in which contemporary artists explore the immensity of Oceanic reality.

Curator Gregory O'Brien talks about Oceania: Imagining the Pacific