The Stories We Tell Ourselves, an exhibition running from 7 August 2021 to 23 Jan 2022, focuses on the vital role artists have in building collections, by considering their unique abilities as storytellers.
Artists’ abilities as storytellers and their role in shaping gallery collections is examined in works acquired by The Dowse over the past four years. Exploring narratives concerning personal memories, oral traditions, social history and the environment, The Stories We Tell Ourselves demonstrates the gallery’s current commitment to collecting pieces by Māori, female, photographic and craft artists.
The Stories We Tell Ourselves features artworks by Aaron Scythe (Morehu), Areez Katki, Craig McIntosh, Frances Stachl (Ngāpuhi),Gavin Hipkins, Hana Rakena (Ngāpuhi,Ngāi Tahu), Hiria Anderson (Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura), Maioha Kara (Waikato, Ngāti Kahungungu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou), Malcolm Ross, Raewyn Walsh, Tia Ranginui (Ngāti Hine Oneone) and Vita Cochran.
This exhibition is part of The Dowse Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary programme. It’s the third in a series of exhibitions in 2021 that considers different aspects from The Collection, as explored in such projects as Ways of Being (2019) and The Mind in the Hand (2016).
Learn more at dowse.org.nz