Greg SemuThe Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific)

This exhibition of new large-scale photographic works draws attention to the devastating impact, truth and reality of the colonisation and Christianisation of the Pacific.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 10 June 2016 to Saturday 10 September 2016

Greg SemuThe Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) image

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 14 December 2015.
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It issues from Semu’s deep interest in this epoch in human history, which witnessed the catastrophic collision of indigenous tribal worlds and colonial imperialism and the creation of great European history paintings.

The exhibition pivots on Semu’s work with a cast of indigenous actors in the Cook Islands in restaging and digitally capturing two epic nineteenth-century European history paintings. Semu focuses attention on Théodore Géricault’s, The Raft of the Medusa 1819 and Louis John Steele and Charles F Goldie’s The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand 1898. From this digital photographic material, extensively edited and reconfigured, Semu creates monumental light box images for display in a black exhibition space.

This project is supported by Creative New Zealand.