Hamish Coney: Context is everything
The recent news that Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito, one of NZ’s most important offshore taonga, will soon return to Aotearoa after more than 120 years in England is cause for celebration.
Joseph Banks’ patu come home - in aluminium
An exhibition by Rarotonga-based artist Sam Thomas uses patu to explore questions of cultural exchange. Pat Baskett reviews ‘Pakeha Gifts’.
Finding hope on Skid Row
How do you measure misery? Justin Brown travels to ’the worst man-made disaster in the US’ where he finds hope in theatre.
NZ artist’s close look at colonialism
A new exhibition in Raetihi offers a rare opportunity to see early, colonialism-focused works by Wellington artist Barbara Strathdee, writes Pat Baskett.
Joker a study in cruelty and whiteness
‘Joker’ expects viewers not only to understand its cruelty, but to understand the justified violence of a white man when the protests of black men and women in the US are regularly met with condemnation, vilification and exclusion.
Six days on the road with McCahon
This year is the 100th anniversary of the artist Colin McCahon’s birth. Hamish Coney gets ‘on the road’ in search of the artist’s legacy.
Hamish Coney: Immigrant Songs
Hamish Coney examines the legacy of a little known but highly ‘visible’ public artist - Guy Ngan – who is the subject of not one but two fascinating exhibitions in Auckland and Wellington.
When your grandad makes history
As great political comebacks go, we’ve had a few. But not many compare with Malaysia’s 93-year-old PM. Mark Jennings reviews a film made by his granddaughter.