About » News
Stories lifted from community and retold back to that community as art works are the foundation an exhibition by contemporary artist John Vea which opens at MTG Hawke's Bay on Saturday.
The exhibition includes existing works alongside a new piece based on interactions Vea has had with people in Hawke's Bay.
The underlying thread of the exhibition is the idea of talanoa. Vea explains "To Talanoa you have a personal encounter with another person in conversation, collecting stories of the everyday."
The rich storytelling element in Vea's work resonates as truly Pacific, in the content and themes of worker’s rights and the experience of minority groups, and also in the way each piece is created and presented. “My desire is to bring the overlooked realities of people into view through art," explains Vea.
Vea's works show his exploration of physical labour, poverty and an underclass of contemporary society he considers invisible. His work touches themes particularly relevant to a Pacific setting such as the effects of tsunami, social welfare demands and seasonal employment.
Vea’s practice involves the re-enactment or retelling of other’s experience through performance, projection and sculpture. "The outcome is my sometimes humorous and possibly powerful symbolic viewpoint" Vea says.
MTG Hawke's Bay will host Vea's works until March 2016.
John Vea will deliver a floor talk for this exhibition at MTG on Saturday at 11am.
14 October 2015
Visit the Napier i-SITE to find out more about what is happening in Hawkes Bay, from events, activities and accommodation.
View website for Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre
We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
View website for Kennedy Park Resort Napier
Come to Par2 MiniGolf and meet Seamore the Seagull at our sea-side minigolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round.
View website for Par2 MiniGolf
Located on Marine Parade, Napier, is the Bay Skate Park - home to skateboarding, BMX, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering.
View website for Bay Skate
Unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
View website for Napier Municipal Theatre
The Faraday Centre in Napier, is Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology. It's a place of discovery where history comes alive through hands on experience.
View website for The Faraday Centre
Build on the blossoming national and international interest in William Colenso's life and ideas as the result of the William Colenso Bicentenary Celebrations in Hawke's Bay in 2011, and a body of new publications and research.
View website for William Colenso
Situated in the centre of Napier, in the middle of Onekawa Park, the Napier Aquatic Centre is a safe and affordable aquatic facility for everyone.
View website for Napier Aquatic Centre
Strive to Inspire, Educate and Entertain by providing access to information through various resources within our Libraries. We aim to provide more than you expect.
View website for Napier Libraries
Located in the Art Deco city of Napier. We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment.
View website for Parklands Residential Estate
Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
View website for National Aquarium of New Zealand
We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
View website for Napier Conference Centre
For Napier City residents and citizens to have easy access to see what council are currently working on, completed, what they do, facilities, and council information.
View website for Napier City Council
If you have any questions, problems or feedback for MTG Hawke's Bay please let us know about it.