Collaboration across the Pacific: talanoa with Robin White and artists


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Hear stories of journeying, friendship and collaboration across the Pacific in this in-depth kōrero between Robin White and the artists she has collaborated with. Chaired by Nina Tonga, co-curator of Robin White: Te Whanaketanga | Something Is Happening Here, this conversation will explore artistic partnerships and the creative process of creating large-scale ngatu (barkcloth) together. 


Dame Robin White is widely recognised as one the most important figures in contemporary New Zealand art. Across a remarkable 50-year career, her painting and printmaking has helped to shape a distinctive visual language for life in Aotearoa. White has exhibited widely in local and international exhibitions including the Sydney Biennale and the Asia-Pacific Triennial. In the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to painting and printmaking, and in 2009 she accepted redesignation as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 


Dr Nina Tonga is Curator Contemporary Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Nina has been involved in a number of writing and curatorial projects in New Zealand the wider Pacific and was curator of the Honolulu Biennial 2019. 


Image credits

Robin White and Eboni Fifita, courtesy Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 

Robin White, Tamari Cabeikanacea and Ruha Fifita Living in a material world 2017, collection of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, purchased 2018.

Robin White, courtesy Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 

Photograph of Nina Tonga courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. 



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