Chevron Hassett (The Artist) and Robert Laking (The Curator)
Opening 02.10.0.19 6-8pm
Artist Talks 24.10.19 6-7pm
Māori have a long and rich history with Australia. In the early years of colonisation, Māori frequently travelled across the Tasman Sea to engage in trade and labour. In the centuries that followed, there remained a contingent of Māori residing in Australia. In the late 20th Century more and more Māori began to emigrate to Australia in search of a better life. Wages are higher and jobs are more abundant. Our exhibition is largely focussing on the experience of migration, and the establishment of new community.
We are Chevron Hassett (the artist) and Robert Laking (the curator), two Wellington-based artists and writers of Māori and Pākehā descent. Chevron’s art-practice is community-engaged and spans photography, mural painting, and sculpture. Robert has a research-based conceptual art-practice which stems from his keen interest in language and writing.
Hassett's recent bodies of work are situated around state-housing communities and cultural identities, the development of urbanisation within the Pacific and the growing Polynesian diaspora.
Laking was the 2018 Curatorial Intern at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. He is currently working on two curatorial projects, developing his studio practice and furthering his knowledge of Te Ao Māori.
Chevron Hassett, The Children of Māui, 2019 Install shot of Te Manawa Tapu sculpture.
Chevron Hassett, A Place TŪ Be, 2018 Public Photographic Installation (day), 8 double-sided x 3metres tall lightboxes.
Chevron Hassett, A Place TŪ Be, 2018 Public Photographic Installation (night), 8 double-sided x 3metres tall lightboxes.