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Mānawatia Takatāpui / Defending Plurality was developed by artist and activist Shannon Novak for Tauranga Art Gallery.

Novak as artist-curator explored his broader interests as an artist and made space for others in the rainbow community. Parts of the exhibition centred a range of LGBTQI+ practitioners from Aotearoa, with a particular focus on rainbow BIPOC that may or may not identify with the LGBTQI+ acronym, including but not limited to Takatāpui and MVPFAFF+. The curated selection of works provided a focused cross-section of leading multi-generational and multi-disciplinary artists, including Paul Darragh, Russ Flatt, Alicia Frankovich, Tanu Gago, Brent Harris, Telly Tuita, Aliyah Winter and Cao Xun.

Two of these artworks remain in the Tauranga Art Gallery. 

TAG Level One - Mural (outside)
Kaan Hiini, He Takatāpui Ahau, 2021

TAG Level One - Elevator
Tāmaki Makaurau- based activist Eliana Rubashkyn and Shannon Noval, Indivisibilidad/Indivisibility, 2021

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Principle Exhibition Partner: Cooney Lees Morgan
Offsite exhibition venues: Baycourt, Bayfair, The Incubator Creative Hub, The Kollective
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Image: Kaan Hiini, He Takatāpui Ahau (detail), 2021

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