Memories gifted by the Gods

Mahiriki Tangaroa
Memories gifted by the Gods

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Bergman Gallery is pleased to present a new series of limited edition prints by Cook Islands artist Mahiriki Tangaroa. These images hold a special significance for the gallery, as the original paintings were the first to be shown in our newly dedicated space in 2016.

In her original exhibition statement, Tangaroa wrote; ‘At the outset of this project there were a wide range of concepts and ideas that I wanted to explore. It was the idea of “seasons”, the cycle of change that I came to reflect upon, the gifts of paradise, faith, memory and forgiveness, mechanisms that can influence our values and perceptions, ultimately defining how we exist and how we interact with one another.

The titles “Blessed Again”, and “Forgiven Again” are constructs of what could be regarded as tolerating, compromising terms. The negative being supported by the miraculous affirmative. Deriving from actual events, it begs to question the sincerity of faith and forgiveness that we maintain today. “Memories Gifted” and “Paradise Gifted” are questionable titles in the sense of “memory” and “paradise”, concepts subject to both negative and affirmative perception and interpretation. Gifts to be treasured nonetheless.

At the forefront of this series stands the family of traditional Cook Islands gods, Tangaroa, Rongo and the Aitutaki Goddess. Gathered in the resplendent Isle of Paradise they look on with optimism and concern, they look to an uncertain future and hope all will be well. This exhibition wishes to prompt the viewer to consider and appreciate these gifts, and to be mindful of what they signify should they come your way.’

Revisiting this exhibition; its themes then strike a cord today, as an arresting global circumstance presents us with a moment to revaluate and appreciate what was often overlooked.

This limited edition is now available for pre-order with delivery in October. Free shipping for all orders received by 1 October 2020.

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