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‘Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance’

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2020, 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Cost: Free
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Part of the Public History Talk — 2020 series

In this talk, authors Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams and Puawai Cairns will provide insights into the stories and objects that fill the recent publication ‘Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance’, their material history of activism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

New Zealanders making change

In this talk, authors Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams and Puawai Cairns will provide insights into the stories and objects that fill the recent publication ‘Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance’, their material history of activism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

They’ll explore the many ways New Zealanders have spoken up for change, from pulling up survey pegs to marching against the Springbok Tour. They will share histories connected to collection items from institutions around the country that are connected to protest and will discuss our diverse history of objects and images made for causes, from the New Zealand Wars to agitating for women’s rights and protecting the environment.

About the speakers

Stephanie Gibson has been a history curator at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa since 2000. She has worked with a diverse range of community groups and significant New Zealanders in creating exhibitions and developing collections.

Her research interests and writing include the material and visual culture of conflict, protest and reform, as well as everyday life in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her continuing museological research focuses on museums and community participation.

Matariki Williams (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki, Ngāti Whakaue) is a Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa where she has an interest in contemporary social history and the continuum of Māori arts.

Matariki is the co-founder and co-editor of ATE Journal of Māori Art with Bridget Reweti, and her writing has featured in multiple publications including frieze, Pantograph Punch, The Spinoff, The Wireless, and Art Zone.

Puawai Cairns (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) is the Head of Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa. She manages the Māori curatorial team and is an advocate for Mātauranga Māori across museum spaces.

Puawai specialises in contemporary social history research and collecting to reflect the stories of Māori communities. She is presently exploring what the concept mana motuhake looks like in museology and exhibition making, and is especially interested in indigenising museum practice.

Triptych of authors.
L to R: Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams and Puawai Cairns.