Contemporary art from the Ainu people of Japan
Akemi Shimada, Detail of attus garment, attus and indigo dyed cotton.
Te Auaha Gallery
65 Dixon Street
24 - 29 January 2024
Hihiaua Cultural Centre
56-58 Herekino Street
2 - 16 February 2024
Level 1/100 Grey Street,
9 February - 5 April 2024
Ramat Kor Kur is the first exhibition of Ainu art to come to Aotearoa and includes the work of four Ainu artists: Akemi Shimada, Koji Yuki, Sayo Ogasawara and Atsushi Monbetsu.
“Ainu” meaning human, distinguishes the Ainu people from kamui or divine beings which they believe reside in all natural objects. Formally and legally recognised as an indigenous people of Japan in 2019, the Ainu have their own distinct language and culture - reflected in place names throughout Northern Japan including Hokkaido.
Showcasing a range of contemporary art from embroidery to carvings, Ramat Kor Kur celebrates Ainu culture while highlighting the special relationship between Ainu and Māori with documentation of the Aotearoa Ainu Mosir Exchange Program by Japanese photographer Yasuhiro Iguchi.
The exhibition coincides with an important milestone in Ainu-Māori relations. It marks 100 years since the 1924 world tour of Ratana founder, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, during which he befriended Japan's Bishop Juji Nakata of His Holiness Church.
Three exhibitions of Ainu art and associated public programmes will be held in Poneke Wellington, Whangarei and Turanganui-a Kiwa Gisborne between January and April 2024.
Ramat Kor Kur Artists
With special thanks to:
Te Ururoa Flavell
Toi Nga Puhi
Te Haahi Ratana
Te Auaha Gallery
Te Papa Tongarewa
Hihiaua Cultural Centre Trust
New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo
Hoea! Gallery and Project Space
Embassy of Japan in New Zealand
Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Programme
And to our funders for making this happen:
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Creative New Zealand
Wellington City Council