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SCALA Landscape Seminar: Charlotte Graham & Nigel Borell

Unitec's School of Architecture invites you to bring your lunch and attend this free public seminar.

Te Waiora - Charlotte Graham

Char will discuss her recent installation, ‘Te Waiora’ - a ground based temporary artwork that wove its way through 9 blocks at Britomart earlier this year. 1,200 decals from 24 hand painted water drops were applied to 9 blocks acknowledging the waters of the  Waitematā that once covered Britomart before the land was claimed. “My constant over the years of making works is that that they are around land and people, whakapapa, indigeneity,” Graham says. “It’s us looking back, honouring the past, moving forward, and acknowledging all of that.”

Charlotte Graham is a prolific Māori artist who draws on her whakapapa to explore environmental issues affecting indigenous people. Graham is an ambassador for The Kauri Project, and recently undertook a residency in Bosque Peheun, Chile, to investigate indigenous ecosystems alongside local community, artist, scientists, educators and curators.


Pirirakau; Bush Beautiful - Nigel Borell

“Within the Maori worldview two things are essential: whakapapa (genealogy) and whenua (land).” Nigel will be speaking on the body of art work created at an artist retreat held in Waipoua Forest, Matatini marae, Northland. “The work emphasises the whakapapa links that Borell has to a number of tipuna stretching up to the Te Rarawa region as well as to Hokianga. In Pirirakau Borell demonstrates the importance of whenua, in this case the bush, to his whakapapa, specifically his hapū from Tauranga, and the ways in which they are inextricably linked.” (Ngarino Ellis, ArtNZ, 2007).

Prior to joining Auckland Art Gallery Borell was Associate Curator Māori at The Auckland War Memorial Museum (2013-2015), Kaiwhakahaere Toi o Manukau- Māori Arts Manager for
Auckland Council –South (2009-2013). Borell is the current chair of the New Zealand-the national Māori visual arts committee Te Ātinga, Toi Māori Aotearoa.


Venue: Building 1, Room 2075 (Lecture Theatre 1, level 2), Unitec Institute of Technology, Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert.

Parking available adjacent to Entry 1, around Building 1 or behind Building 12. (Mt Albert campus map, Building 1 map).

CPD Points: NZILA CPD 0.5 points (category 3d). NZRAB CPD 10 pts (register to sign at seminar). ADNZ CPD 2 points. For further seminar information or to join mailing list contact Work Experience points available for attending BLA students (10).

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