Event Brett Graham and Robert Leonard

Brett Graham and Robert Leonard

In Conversation

01 February 2023

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Join contemporary Māori sculptor Brett Graham and IMA Director Robert Leonard, as they discuss Graham’s ambitious 2020 exhibition Tai Moana Tai Tangata and other recent projects.

Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) is known for his large-scale sculptures exploring indigenous histories, politics, and philosophies. As an artist versed in the language of public sculpture, Graham has created haunting, enigmatic, alternative war memorials.

Tai Moana Tai Tangata combined architecturally-scaled structures with haunting panoramic landscape videos to address the trauma of the New Zealand Wars through the experience of Tainui and Taranaki iwi – former adversaries who forged a pact of solidarity in resistance to colonisation. Conceived as an alternative war memorial (or an anti-war memorial), it prompts us to remember or accuses us for not knowing.


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The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

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Brett Graham, 'Maungārongo ki te Whenua Maungārongo ki te Tangata', 2020.

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