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Kelcy Taratoa

5 October 2019 – 1 March 2020

Kelcy Taratoa, Mūmū, 2019

This exhibition is a mid-career survey of work by leading contemporary artist Kelcy Taratoa (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Raukawa).

Taratoa’s work deals with cultural identity in twenty first century Aotearoa New Zealand and tackles important themes, including links between history, media, social conditioning and identity construction, surveillance and privacy, nuclear and environmental threat.

Taratoa has created a site-specific work for the Tauranga Art Gallery atrium; exploring the cultural significance of Tukutuku panels (a traditional Māori art form) on the 7 metre high walls.

Kelcy Taratoa has been represented in several public gallery exhibitions (including The Dowse, Te Manawa and Wellington's City Gallery) and his works are included in public and private collections in New Zealand and abroad.

Taratoa lives in Mount Maunganui and teaches at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.


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