Opening event Saturday August 11, from 4pm – 6pm
(Spring Exhibition Opening)
Te Tuhi, Auckland
For Te Tuhi’s Project Wall, Benjamin Work has created a wall painting which calls into question symbols associated with nationhood and identity.
The artist deconstructs the Tongan Royal Flag in order to address the adoption of imperial symbols, and the subsequent devaluing of traditional motifs, to fit within the narrative of civilisation imposed by the English, French and Spanish colonial powers. Work reverses this relationship by incorporating indigenous symbols of wealth and power. A fala (woven mat) will be provided for the viewer to sit on and engage with the work, transforming Te Tuhi’s foyer space into a site of self-determination.
Image: Benjamin Work, Write it on the land, Seal it on the heart, 2018, commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland
Date(s) - 11/08/2018 - 21/10/2018