The Things that Matter

Article – Patrick Rose Award-winning New Zealand musician Tiki Taane today launched an interactive music, art & film exhibition in the pop up gallery ‘ArtBox’ on the Queens Wharf in Auckland.Award-winning New Zealand musician Tiki Taane today launched an interactive music, art & film exhibition in the pop up gallery ‘ArtBox’ on the Queens Wharf in Auckland. Coinciding with the release of his groundbreaking new album ‘Tiki Taane: With Strings Attached’, the installation questions the role of the artist in society, reflects Tiki’s mixed Maori and Pakeha background, and showcases his belief that ‘everyone has a voice and a responsibility to use it’. The name of the show references the Martin Luther King Jr. quote ‘our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter’. Invited by ArtBox Curator Ella Rose to make images representing his core beliefs, Tiki expresses his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), his feelings about controversial deep sea oil drilling in NZ, and other pressing issues facing the nation in the run up to the next election. The installation marks the latest expression of Taane’s growing political engagement as he looks to inspire his supporters to get involved, register to vote and play a role in New Zealand’s democracy. “It’s time for everyone to speak up about what they believe in,” said Taane. “We’ve got to use the...

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