And Then What?
Art and activism through a Pacific lens
Tautai Tertiary Exhibition
Katharine Atafu-Mayo, Daniel Ellison, Jessie Hack, Taiese John Leapai, ‘Ofa Lehā, Tehlor-Lina Mareko, ‘Uhila Kanongata'a Nai, Tyrun Posimani, Kahurangiariki Smith, Lastman So’oula and Naawie Tutugoro
Curated by Rosanna Raymond
17 August 2018 - 14 September 2018
And Then What? Image courtesy of Tautai.
And Then What? explores political agency in art and how colonialism shapes identity. The Tautai Tertiary Exhibition is curated by Rosanna Raymond and features works by eleven Auckland and Wellington tertiary students. It includes installations, performative and sound works, moving image, and painting. As well as opening night performances and artists talks, the project includes a women only gathering that focuses on cultural ceremonies, attitudes to sex and blood rites.
And Then What? is the tenth tertiary exhibition supported by Tautai, and features work by artists currently studying in Auckland or Wellington. The group was selected by Rosanna Raymond to respond to the provocation: “What are you as an artist contributing to the current POLYtical environment? Does politics have a place in your art practice? What does art and activism look like through a Pacific lens?” Topics that are explored include colonial histories, their effects on culture, identity loss and choice, and how these aspects play out in Aotearoa today.
The Tautai Tertiary Exhibition has evolved since its beginning in 2009. The first six annual exhibitions held at ST PAUL St Gallery featured Auckland-based artists. In 2015, the online offering, The Drowned World,opened the project up to student artists throughout the country. In 2016, the show evolved into a biennial cycle enlisting experienced curators to lead projects, extending its reach with an expanded public programme, and a Wellington exhibition following the Auckland debut. The exhibition provides student artists the opportunity to better understand how an exhibition is put together, and provides participating artists with additional professional development opportunities, including presenting an artist talk and having their work critiqued by people from outside their tertiary institution.
Tyrun Posimani, 'Still' (left), and Jessie Hack 'Matangaro O Tipuna' (right), And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.
Tauese John Leapai, 'Fogātai (Surface of the Sea)', 2018. And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.
Kahurangi Smith, 'FOB', 2016. And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.
Daniel Ellison, 'Media Studies', 2018. And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.
Jessie Hack, 'Matangaro O Tipuna' (detail), 2018. And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.
Katharine Atafu-Mayo, 'Fa'aleagaga', 2018. And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.
'Uhila Kanongata'a Nai, 'Nena' 2018. And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.
'Ofa Lehā, 'Toto Pe 'Ikai (To bleed or not)', 2018. And Then What? Photo: Emily Cloete.