Hono is the inaugural exhibition at Season, a new gallery in downtown Tāmaki Makaurau. The term ‘hono’
suggests coming together, connection, and linking—ideas that are appropriate to the gallery as a whole.
The show comprises work by Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) and
Jade Townsend (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi). Both artists explore concepts of cultural
identity, place, and unity, enacting their individual strategies for restoring spiritual connections to te ao
Māori. Moa turns materials gathered from Ōtaki Beach—materials given to her by Tangaroa—into some of
the most significant and powerful atua. Townsend’s ‘veils’ are cultural translations. They move between
painting and textile, subject and object, the multiple and the unified.
WATCH: Click here to view a short video of Hono produced by artist and filmmaker Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi, Moana, Pākehā)
LISTEN: Click here to hear an an audio recording of the profile 'Neke Moa', written and read by Jade Townsend. The original text appears in ISLAND Magazine Issue 03 alongside beautiful photographs by Natalie Jones of The Price of Change.