Showing the Face of Cultural Unity

Press Release – Wairere Iti Veteran Tuhoe activist and artist Tame Iti has teamed up with internationally recognised Artist Owen Dippie to collaborate on a series of paintings to be exhibited in Auckland on the 27th of February. The exhibition named Ko Koe Ko Au (You and I) blends each …Tame Iti – Owen Dippie Art Collaboration Showing the Face of Cultural Unity. Veteran Tuhoe activist and artist Tame Iti has teamed up with internationally recognised Artist Owen Dippie to collaborate on a series of paintings to be exhibited in Auckland on the 27th of February. The exhibition named Ko Koe Ko Au (You and I) blends each artists signature styles together to tell a story of unity, strength, respect and understanding. “New Zealand as we know it is in the midst of being re-colonised by American and corporate interests through the TPPA” Iti warns. “…we have seen this type of cultural erosion before. The new works speak about how maori have dealt with this reality and offers it to everyone. My collaboration with Owen shows how Maori and Non Maori can work together for a common goal. This is how we build a nation… with You and I” Dippie speaks about how the collaboration started. “The Idea for this exhibition came out of a mural that we worked on together in Taneatua. I painted the portrait of one...

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