• Aaron Scythe (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Arielle Walker (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Dion Hitchens (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Elliot Collins (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Emily Parr (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Hiria Anderson (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Jaimie Waititi (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Jasmine Tuiā (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Jordan Snyder (CA)
  • Kent Monkman (CA)
  • Kereama Hohua (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Lisa Boivin (CA)
  • Maraea Timutimu (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Reuben Paterson (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Russ Flatt (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Verna Apio-Takashima (HI)
  • Visesio Siasau (TO/Aotearoa NZ)

A Very Different World brings to light the changed realities and unprecedented difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. The artists share their experiences of the past year in works that focus on hope and wellbeing – reflecting the second chance this gruelling time offered to practise reverence for life and to connect as a human family. The newly commissioned works show that the artists are engaging in an altered world, working out new cultural and philosophical standpoints. This kaupapa is their occasion to express love, care and concern for mental and emotional conditions that appear dire yet can be instructive. A Very Different World also contributes to heart-led creativity that links to a whakapapa of continuous art practice in Aotearoa New Zealand, Tonga, Hawai‘i and Canada.

About Ngahiraka Mason

Ngahiraka Mason (Tūhoe, Te Arawa, and Ngāti Pango) is an independent curator, critic, and visual historian with research and curatorial interests in the material culture and histories of Polynesian peoples and community relationships with museums and collections. Mason is the former Indigenous Curator, Māori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her exhibitions and publications focus on historical, modern, and contemporary art. Recent projects include Wananga|Wanana (2019) at Bishop Museum, Honolulu; Honolulu Biennial: Middle of Now/Here, the inaugural Honolulu Biennial (2017) and the international touring exhibition Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand (2014–16). She has published in American Quarterly (2020), and presented at the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) conference (2019) and at NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020). Mason is a founding trustee of the Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust, Whangārei, and a former trustee on the Te Māori Manaaki Taonga Trust. Mason lives and works in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

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  • Pakuranga, Auckland 2010