Artist's Talk Maungarongo Te Kawa

Artist's Talk Maungarongo Te Kawa


Past event

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū


Listen to artist Maungarongo Te Kawa discuss his work Rangi Takere Hau (2022) in the Perilous exhibition.

Maungarongo Te Kawa translates the Māori title for this work as ‘The Hull that Breaks the Dawn Horizon’. He made it in memory of all the men, including many of his friends, who died as the result of HIV/AIDS in the years before treatment was known or widely available. Maungarongo made a glittering, impossible-to-ignore vessel to carry away mamae (pain) or any sense of shame. “We, the survivors, captain our own waka and navigate our own voyage,” he has said.