I am KANAKA

8 - 27 March

 

Thirty local artists—Artist Crust Collective (ACC) —occupy a former factory warehouse as parasitic agents. Exchanging and creating new images, they rediscover the memory of the space and life in Porirua.

They revisit and examine personal and cultural notions of history, race, place, and identity; memory, life, and death.

 

Peoples from the islands of the Pacific region have been called many things in New Zealand, leeches, pasifika, coconuts, punga, FOB or moana.

Tagata, Tangata,Taata, Kanaka simply means “human being” in the languages of the people of the South sea islands. Kanaka also referred to workers from the Pacific islands employed in British colonies and North American fur trade and goldfields.

I am Kanaka is a declaration of their humanity.