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Simon Kaan

Shared Lines: Aotearoa in Japan exhibiting artist


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  Aruhe, digital print, 2018

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Paua, digital print, 2018 

Tuaki, digital print, 2018    

This suite of work comprises of three images that comment on a hybridity of food and identity. It comments on traditional Ngāi Tahu (Māori) food sources alongside Chinese foods, which merge together forming a conglomeration of mixed whakapapa (genealogies). These are specific to Aotearoa/ NZ and reflect of place and identity.

1971, Dunedin; Diploma of Fine Arts (Hons), Otago Polytechnic

Awards: Artist in Residence, Wanaka Arts Festival (2009); Creative NZ Asia Residency, Beijing, China (2004); Cleveland Art Awards - Winner (2000); Nohoaka Toi Kai Tahu, Kai Tahu Artist in Residence, Otago Polytechnic (2000)

Collections: Carving design for Te Waipounamu, Maori Select Committee Rooms, Parliament, Wellington; The James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland; The University of Waikato, Hamilton

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