From the empty void comes the realm of Te Pō – the perpetual night. In Te Pō, long solitary periods are flooded in shades of darkness: Te Pō (the dark night); Te Pō-nui (the great night); Te Pō-roa (the long night); Te Pō-uriuri (the deep night); Te Pō-tangotango (the intensely dark night). These are the names of a place where no light exists. But within this darkness come moments of movement – the conscious stirring of being, the beginnings of a change towards the realm of becoming. These artworks explore the dimensions of night, shadow and form that exist in the darkness of Te Pō, delving into ideas about states of being and transformation. Within the final state of Te Pō-tahuri-mai-ki-taiao (the night of turning towards the revealed world), we see the restless movements of life begin.

 

Mai te kore e puta ai te pō, arā, te mana o Te Pō – te pō mutunga kore. Kei te haehaetia ngā wā roa o te Pō e ngā tātiwha pō: Ko Te Pō; ko Te Pō-nui; ko Te Pō-roa; ko Te Pō-uriuri; ko Te Pō-tangotango. Ko ēnei ngā ingoa e whakaahua ai i ngā wāhi māramatanga kore. Heoi anō, wāwāhia ai tēnei pō e ngā nukuhanga itiiti – te kori hakune, te tīmatanga o te huri ki te ao tauoranga. Ko tā ngā mahi toi kei roto i tēnei rūma he whāwhā i ngā apa pō, i te ātārangi, i te hanga e noho nei ki Te Pō, he hura i ngā ariā mō te tauoranga me ngā huatau mō te panoni e pātata nei. Tīmata ai te kite i ngā korikoringa o te tauoranga i roto i Te Pō-tahuri-mai-ki-taiao.
 

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Wai o te Marama
Wai o te Marama

Maureen Lander

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Production date
2004
Medium
harakeke, muka, nylon line, fluorescent paint, UV lighting
Size (h x w)
3000 x 2500 mm
Credit line
On loan from the artist
Accession no
X2020/72
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Konae Korero #2
Konae Korero #2

Darryn George

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Production date
2008
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2000 x 4000 x 40 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2009
Accession no
C2009/1/33.1-4
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Ara-i-te-uru
Ara-i-te-uru

Israel Tangaroa Birch

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Production date
2011
Medium
six spray lacquered stainless steel sheets
Size (h x w)
130 x 1200 x 1400 mm
Credit line
Collection Te Manawa Museums Trust
Accession no
X2020/35/1
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Ripeka Whero
Ripeka Whero

Robert Jahnke

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Production date
2015
Medium
wood, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity
Size (h x w)
1470 x 1470 x 140 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018
Accession no
2018/26/1
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Ripeka Kōwhai
Ripeka Kōwhai

Robert Jahnke

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Production date
2015
Medium
wood, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity
Size (h x w)
1470 x 1470 x 140 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018
Accession no
2018/26/2
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Ripeka Kahurangi
Ripeka Kahurangi

Robert Jahnke

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Production date
2015
Medium
wood, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity
Size (h x w)
1470 x 1470 x 140 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018
Accession no
2018/26/3