Ka kino to pounamu he pounamu onamata translated means your greenstone is awesome and it comes from a tradition.
Pounamu, greenstone, is a prized treasure, a symbol of wealth, a token of peace-making. Originally from the realm of the ocean, pounamu began as a mythical being, a great fish, which was transformed into everlasting translucent stone.
The exhibition presents pounamu as a metaphor for treasured objects, ideas and concepts, re-staging elements of Maori and Pacific body adornment. It also celebrates diverse cultural and visual art practices which have intersected over time.
- Curated by
- Ngahiraka Mason
- New Gallery, Lower Level
- Free entry
gelatin silver print, toned with gold and selenium
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1996