‘Amui ‘i Mu‘a: Ancient Futures Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi
with contributing essays by Dr. Billie Lythberg, Dr. Phyllis Herda Dr. Melenaite Taumoefolau and Dr. Seini Taufa
Contemporary artists, academics and master practitioners of Tongan art celebrate the treasures of the Kingdom of Tonga and the history of their dispersal throughout world institutions and collections.
This book documents two landmark events:
The first, a symposium in Nuku‘alofa, Tonga, in early October 2019, focused on the material culture of Tonga held in public and private collections worldwide. The research team led by Dr. Phyllis Herda, … Continue reading →
ENTOURAGE: aka Physical Distance Theory, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Videogames
by Tim J. Veling
Limited edition (50) artist book by this prolific photographer from Otautahi Christchurch. Available from Rim Books in limited quantity.
Author of Red Bus Diary (2006), Veling began photographing his home city of Christchurch well before the 2010-11 quakes changed the CBD forever. Since then, for the full decade, he has amassed passionate and personal observations of the transformation and rebuild, publishing many photobooks and portfolios via www.placeintime.org, a project facilitating and promoting documentary work about Christchurch and a … Continue reading →
Hinemihi: Te Hokinga – The Return Hamish Coney and Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera with contributions by Jim Schuster, Lyonel Grant and photographs by Mark Adams
The journey of the carved house Hinemihi o Te Ao Tawhito (Hinemihi of the old world) is one defined by cataclysmic events and the unpredictability of elemental forces. Through eruptions, fires, wars and displacement she has endured. Today she is an honoured kuia, revered by her iwi in the United Kingdom and her original owners and creators, Tūhourangi, as well as the wider iwi of Te Arawa.
The Holding Allan McDonald. Text by Jeanette Budgett, Design by Fiona Lascelles.
The Holding is a sequence of photographs preoccupied with the pleasures of walking and reading, of experiencing the city as a book or a song. At a time when the activities of reading and listening are caught in the shift from analogue to digital these images record an aspect of our material culture in a time of transition.
Allan McDonald is an eminent photographer, who engages with his image archive of more than 50 years to curate narratives around social history and place. The Holding is the … Continue reading →
. . . . . and then there were none Harvey Benge Jon Carapiet Lloyd Jones Haru Sameshima Stu Sontier
A collaborative book by four New Zealand-based photographers and one writer, breaks out of conventional story-telling to play out their anxieties and doubts about the world they see.
Developed over the last two years with regular meetings indulgent in wine and homemade cheese as excuses for friendship and banter, . . . . . and then there were none grew from conversations and arguments about mortality, our technologically mired existence and the degradation of the environment. The project triggered its own version of flygskam for the collaborators, conflicted by the … Continue reading →
Garden of Memories:Extending quilt making traditions from around the Pacific Rim Giles Peterson with Shona Pitt, Sheena Tavairanga, Lisa Reihana, Vea Mafile’o, Reina Sutton, Lina Pavaha Marsh, and Ken Khun.
Garden of Memories, curated by Giles Peterson, brings together heirloom and contemporary Pacific quilts from Peterson’s collection and uses these precious objects as the starting point for exploring contemporary craft and object-making by extending this traditional form into creative interpretations and new works by artists from across Asia and the Pacific.
Six quilts from Aotearoa and the Pacific are at the centre of the exhibition and this complementing publication. Peterson’s personal connection … Continue reading →
Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter Jane Vial and Steve Austin
With a foreword by Justine Olsen – Curator of Decorative Arts at Te Papa, and an afterword by Rick Rudd – potter and Director of the Quartz Museum.
Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter traces the life and works of New Zealand’s pioneering woman studio potter. It is fully illustrated with over 100 images, especially photographed, of Lissaman’s pottery selected from private and public collections. Illustrations also include images of her designs and historical family photographs. The biography is meticulously researched and written by Jane … Continue reading →
SEEDS OF LIFE: The Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski Craig Hilton and Bruce Mahalski With foreword by Billie Lythberg. Ph.D
‘Seeds of Life – the Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski’ is a new book by scientist and artist, Craig Hilton. It realises the symbiotic potential of art–science collaborations with an unrelenting intensity. Both Mahalski and Hilton are interested in the ethical and philosophical implications of using biological material (living and non-living) in art to critique what they see as outdated and ‘species-dangerous’ social norms. The ethics of collecting biological material and making art with it are also … Continue reading →
Carbon Empire works in the space between art and documentary photography.
It combines a short series of staged photographs of a ‘man in the street’ made in 1997 with images of closed petrol stations photographed between 2003 and 2017.
Carbon Empire is a juxtaposition of these two series of photographs and a single image, made by chance in 2002.
The closed petrol stations reflect the effects of petroleum law changes across New Zealand. In 1988, the petroleum sector became deregulated, with the large international wholesalers able to … Continue reading →