Into the Present/Ma muri ma mua is an exhibition of contemporary Māori art. Developed by Manawatu Art Gallery from their collection and toured to the Fisher Gallery, the exhibition features the work of 15 well-known contemporary artists, including Ralph Hotere, Robyn Kahukiwa, John Bevan Ford and Shane Cotton.
This exhibition explores multiple definitions of Māori art in an effort to uncover the variation that exists among artists of Māori heritage. The exhibition offers a sample of work produced by Māori artists over the last thirty years.
Work by artists such as Sandy Adsett, John Bevan Ford, Buck Nin, Faith McManus, Kura Te Waru-Rewiri and Robyn Kahukiwa illustrate the influence of customary arts on recent visual art themes. While artwork by Albert McCarthy, Ralph Hotere, Shane Cotton and Peter Robinson encourage critical analysis of the issues surrounding the definition of Māori visual art.