Artist

  • Chevron Hassett
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The gallery will be closed for Summer from December 19 and reopens January 13, 2021.

JustUs is a new solo exhibition by Te Upoko o Te Ika-based artist Chevron Hassett. Drawing from his experiences growing up in Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt, Hassett has developed a photographic installation that explores the lived realities and representation of Māori men in contemporary Aotearoa.

The exhibition includes a series of large-scale images of pixelated, cuffed and uniformed figures. The clothing worn by these figures makes reference to the uniforms worn by inmates at Rimutaka Men’s Prison. Hassett’s images work with photographic tropes seen in news media, art historical and ethnographic portraits, layering visual codes that have shaped how Māori men have been perceived in the past and present. In doing so, JustUs highlights how systems of oppression and visual representation have impacted Indigenous lives, sovereignty and autonomy.

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm
  • Saturday, 11am – 4pm

Address

  • 211 Left Bank
  • Te Aro
  • Pōneke Wellington