Listen to renowned artist Reuben Paterson in conversation with Senior Curator, Ron Brownson, focusing on his works in the exhibition,  Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, and in celebration of the 2021 Auckland Pride Festival. 

Reuben says of his sequinned hue (gourd) artworks that they evoke 'ideas of celebration and rainbows – and I also think of whakataukī around the hue, and of whakapapa and these connections to our LGBTQI community, especially my understanding of the hue being about patience, persistence and time in a broader metaphoric understanding of the hue and society today. Our road to pride today, has been like that of the hue – who does not hurry, but everything about it is accomplished.'

Whānaua kia tini
Whānaua kia mano
Whānaua kia rea
Be brought forth as many
Be brought forth as a multitude
Be brought forth innumerably

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He Hue/Gourds: Kua tu te puehu
He Hue/Gourds: Kua tu te puehu

Reuben Paterson

Production date
2020
Medium
sequins, nickel pins and gourds
Credit line
Reuben Paterson, care of Gow Langsford Gallery
Accession no
X2020/33/2.1-10
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untitled (Time and Place)
untitled (Time and Place)

Reuben Paterson

Production date
2001
Medium
sequins, pins, polyurethane foam
Size (h x w)
300 x 250 x 150 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2017
Accession no
C2017/1/42
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The Kaiahuwhenua and his Three Sons
The Kaiahuwhenua and his Three Sons

Reuben Paterson

Production date
2001
Medium
glitter dust on canvas
Size (h x w)
1720 x 1720 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/36
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Te Pūtahitanga ō Rehua
Te Pūtahitanga ō Rehua

Reuben Paterson

On display

Production date
2005
Medium
single channel digital video, glitter and mixed media
Size (h x w)
4min 22sec
Credit line
Reuben Paterson, care of Gow Langsford Gallery
Accession no
X2020/33/3

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