Te Marua, Onauku, Horahorakakahu, Kakapo, Onuku, Otakou, Rakiura, Ruapuke, Hinerata & Henrietta, 1997
Exhibition Dates: July 6 - July 27, 2012
Reception with the Artist:
Friday, July 6
Mark Adams uses his work to examine the continued impact of the wave of colonization on the native people of New Zealand. His work bears witness to the effect of the past on the present. The prints on display at McNamara gallery address the legacy of the Treaty of Waitangi. Signed in 1840 in six sites the treaty was intended to give rights and protection to the native Māori people. The effort appeared valiant but was never properly adhered to until the 1970's. Adams' quiet frames trace the injustice, call into question the decisions of history. They are elegant and bold, quiet and brooding. The expansive view infuses the prints with intention and simple landscapes become more, they become totems of troubled history. We stand in quiet reflection as we are enveloped into their stillness.
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