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01 May 2019 —
22 June 2019

The Dutch Embassy

PĀNiA!, Yllwbro, A.A.M. Bos. The Dutch Embassy, 2019 (exhibition view). Mokopōpaki, Auckland. Photo by Arekahānara.
Yllwbro, Merry Christmas, Mr Muldoon, 2019. Screenprint on found tent segment, 152 x 163 x 4cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Laughing Cavaliers (Sir Tūī Holland), 2019. Colour photographs, cotton, whole spices. Overall dimensions variable (52.5 x 52.5cm frame). Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Laughing Cavaliers (Sir Tūī Utrecht), 2019. Colour photographs, cotton, whole spices. Overall dimensions variable (52.5 x 52.5cm frame). Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Laughing Cavaliers (Sir Tūī Zeeland), 2019. Colour photographs, cotton, whole spices. Overall dimensions variable (52.5 x 52.5cm frame). Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Laughing Cavaliers (Sir Tūī Guelders), 2019. Colour photographs, cotton, whole spices. Overall dimensions variable (52.5 x 52.5cm frame). Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Laughing Cavaliers (Sir Tūī Groningen), 2019. Colour photographs, cotton, whole spices. Overall dimensions variable (52.5 x 52.5cm frame). Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Laughing Cavaliers (Sir Tūī Friesland), 2019. Colour photographs, cotton, whole spices. Overall dimensions variable (52.5 x 52.5cm frame). Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Laughing Cavaliers (Sir Tūī Drenthe), 2019. Colour photographs, cotton, whole spices. Overall dimensions variable (52.5 x 52.5cm frame). Photo by Arekahānara.
Yllwbro, OMA’s Handiwork, 2019. Canvas, wool thread in frame, harakeke, plant dye, linen. Overall dimensions variable. Photo by Arekahānara.
Yllwbro, Klosterstraβe 50: Chill Elevations, 2019. Found bar fridge, scaled inkjet prints on paper, tape, cardboard, adhesive, magnets, orange juice cartons, 56.5 x 56.9 x 47cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
Yllwbro, Klosterstraβe 50: Chill Elevations, 2019 (detail). Found bar fridge, scaled inkjet prints on paper, tape, cardboard, adhesive, magnets, orange juice cartons, 56.5 x 56.9 x 47cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
Yllwbro, Ministry of Traction: Klosterstraβe 50, 2019. Acrylic, screenprint, plastic orange on canvas, 75.5 x 69 x 8.5cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, The Draper’s Guild Sets Up Shop in Dusky Sound, 2019. Colour duraprint, 44 x 61.5cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, Polder & Boulder, 2019. Fake grass, plug, rock, 9 x 73.5 x 80.5cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, Polder & Boulder, 2019 (detail). Fake grass, plug, rock, 9 x 73.5 x 80.5cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, Yllwbro, A.A.M. Bos. The Dutch Embassy, 2019 (exhibition view). Mokopōpaki, Auckland. Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Orange Army (Armoured Mobile Juice Division), 2019. Die-cast toy tanks, enamel, fake plastic oranges, plastic flowers, fake grass, found shelf. 16 x 120.5 x 20.5cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
A.A.M. Bos, Orange Army (Armoured Mobile Juice Division), 2019 (detail). Die-cast toy tanks, enamel, fake plastic oranges, plastic flowers, fake grass, found shelf, 16 x 120.5 x 20.5cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, You’ll Never Be a Kiwi, 2019. Plastic sauce dispensers, acrylic, foam, fixings. Overall dimensions variable. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, You’ll Never Be a Kiwi , 2019 (detail). Plastic sauce dispensers, acrylic, foam, fixings. Overall dimensions variable. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, Customs Authority & Passport Control, Central City Office, 2019. Mobile desk, Mokopōpaki flag tablecloth, PĀNiA! passports, Visa application forms, stamps, ink pads, stationery, stickers. Overall dimensions variable. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, Self Portrait, 2018. Acrylic, tape, wood chip, sand, glue, pāua shell, seaweed, sea sponge on canvas, 24 x 32.5 x 7cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, Mashed Potato Cream Cheese Moon, 2019. Slow baked mashed potato, flour, salt, cream cheese, chive, adhesive, acrylic, wood on canvas, found stainless steel ladle, 99 x 61 x 9cm. Photo by Arekahānara.
PĀNiA!, Honorary Consulate (Mobile Cardboard Detachment), 2019. Cardboard, adhesive, masking tape, plastic toy lawn mower, 49 x 31.5 x 78cm. Photo by Arekahānara.

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The collaboration of The True Artist Helps the World by Asking for Trust continues at Mokopōpaki on Karangahape Road in the spinoff exhibition The Dutch Embassy. Here PĀNiA! in association with Yllwbro and A.A.M. Bos interrogates relations between people and places, using humour and provocation. In painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, foodstuffs and specially designed soundtracks, they propose a counter-narrative to the nationally sanctioned 2019 commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the landing in Aotearoa by James Cook.

Led by PĀNiA! the participating artists mischievously explore the cultural consequences of a ‘what if?’ situation in reference to the first documented European to sight our islands, the Dutch merchant Abel Janszoon Tasman. In 1642, more than 100 years before Cook’s expedition, Tasman made temporary landfall in Aotearoa, then abandoned all hope of a meaningful retail encounter with local Māori, and sailed away into the sunset, guilders intact.

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