HeTangi Aroha–MamaDon't Cry (2019)

Kahurangiariki Smith
HeTangi Aroha–MamaDon't Cry (still), 2019
Installation view: SharjahBiennial 15, Bait Al Serkal, 2023

Talk Description

SB15 artists Kahurangiariki Smith and Neil Ieremia share their artistic approaches to subverting stereotypical representations of Indigenous peoples. Smith’s practice broadly addresses the history of colonisation, the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge and the present-day, lived consequences of historical events in New Zealand. Ieremia’s dance company, Black Grace, is an Auckland-based dance company that inflects the gestural idiom of contemporary dance with Indigenous Samoan and Māori movement patterns. Both artists employ diverse methods and artistic media to reclaim the discourse around Indigenous identity, heritage and lived experience.


Neil Ieremia – Founder and Artistic Director, Black Grace
Kahurangiariki Smith – Artist


Nina Tonga- Curator Contemporary Art at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


This discussion will be held at 2:00 pm Gulf Standard Time (GST).
This discussion will take place via Zoom and will be held in English.

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