A conversation on Indigenous curatorial practices featuring legendary curators Wanda Nanibush, Paul Chaat Smith, Megan Tamati-Quennell and artist Richard Bell in conversation with Maura Reilly. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading by India Lena González.
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In this talk
Paul Chaat Smith
Of Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu, and Kāti Mamoe descent, Megan Tamati-Quennell is a leading specialist in the field of modern and contemporary Māori & Indigenous art. She currently holds two curatorial positions as Curator of Modern & Contemporary Māori & Indigenous Art at Te Papa in Wellington and Indigenous Curator of Contemporary Art/Kairauhī Taketake Toi Onāianei at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. Her research interests include: the contemporary Māori art movement, Māori modernism, Mana Wahine Māori (Māori women artists of the 1930s till today), the Maori Internationals (the contemporary Māori artists who rose to prominence during the 1990s, the bicultural era of New Zealand) and Indigenous art curatorial praxis.
Current projects include: curating There is no Before by Dale Harding and Land Site Place, featuring the work of Shona Rapira Davies, Kate Newby, Matt Pine and Ana Iti, for the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, developing a limited edition publication about Détour, the major commission by Michael Parekowhai curated for the opening of the new Toi Art Gallery in Te Papa, and researching and developing an exhibition and publication focused on the women of Māori modernism. Megan is also writing a chapter entitled “Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi (The old net is laid aside, the new net goes fishing): The quiet revolution, Māori modernism, Gordon Tovey, Pineamine Taiapa, and other motivators of change” for a publication about Indigenous modernisms being published by Duke University Press.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have India Lena González reading.