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'Who am i?' is a question at the centre of what it is to be human and for artist Kelcy Taratoa (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Raukawa) it has formed the subject of his painting for two decades.
Kelcy Taratoa: Who Am I ?… Episode 001 is a bilingual English and Te Reo publication written by Warren Feeney and translated by Heni Jacob (Ngati Raukawa). It traverses the artist’s life from growing up in the suburbs of Levin to Te Haka a Te Tupere, the artist’s wharenui at Rangiwaea marae in Tauranga Harbour. Through his paintings he contends that contemporary technology’s virtual realities and appetite for destruction and distraction is undermining our humanity and experience of the world. Yet painting, that most ancient means of visual communication, is something that continues to remind us of our humanness.
Authors: Warren Fenney, Heni Jacob
Editor: Alice Hutchison
Co-published by Tauranga Art Gallery, Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology, and Quentin Wilson Publishing.
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