Brett Graham

Te Hokioi

Te Hokioi by Brett Graham
Te Hokioi by Brett Graham

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This sculpture, carved in the shape of an American F117 Nighthawk stealth fighter jet, is named after the hokioi, an extinct native eagle. Swirling rauru patterns, which are associated with carvers from Te Tairāwhiti, Hauraki and Tainui, coat the surface of the form and represent the ripples made when a paddle pulls through water. The work references a 2007 police raid on the Tuhoe community of Ruatoki, known as the Urewera raids, for which the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 provided legal grounds. Brett Graham’s artwork is stealth like in its response to this highly contentious flash point in post-colonial politics.

Te Hokioi
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MDF, fibreglass, steel, car lacquer, wheels
800 x 2900 x 4400 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2009
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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