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05 March 2011 —
01 May 2011

Pūrākau

Pūrākau, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Pūrākau, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Pūrākau, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Pūrākau, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett

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Ancestral lessons are retold in the international poster project Pūrākau. The exhibition brings together twelve leading artists from Cuba, Mexico and Aotearoa New Zealand to exchange indigenous myths and legends through poster design. Taking its cue from Cuban Revolution poster design, works in the exhibition use bold graphic imagery to convey each culture's pūrākau, a Māori term meaning ‘lessons for life’.

Pūrākau is curated by Waikato-based artist Xavier Meade together with Cuban curator Flor de Lis López Hernández and includes work by Denis O'Connor, Natalie Robertson, Michael Reed, Claudio Sotolongo Menéndez, Giselle Monzón Calero, Michele Miyares Hollands, Eric Silva, Mario & Yesca, Arturo Meade and Carlos Pez.