Star Gossage and Solomon Enos: Mana Moana - AKL/HNL - Art Collector

Star Gossage, Oli Mahalo - gratitude chnat, 2016, detail, oil on board, 120 x 40cm. Courtesy: the artist and Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland

Star Gossage (Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Ruanui) recently completed a Residency in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where she worked alongside Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos (Waianae, Oahu). Enos then travelled to Aotearoa to work alongside Gossage on her whanau land at Pakiri Beach, north of Auckland.
The title of the exhibition borrows from the contemporary Māori practice of acknowledging people from a specific location through whakapapa (genealogy) and their knowledge of that place. It is a practice that recognises people as mana whenua – people who literally hold the tribal mana of a place. Enos and Gossage were invited to make artworks relating to their present-day settings as Mana Moana descendants whose Pacific waters encircle and constantly move between Aotearoa and Hawaii.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Tuesday 8 March 2016
Exhibition closes: 2 April 2016
Location: Tim Melville Gallery, 4 Winchester St, Grey Lynn, Auckland NZ
Contact: +64 21 300 893

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