Art gallery co-owners apologise for offensive painting

Art gallery co-owners apologise for offensive painting


A provocative illustration
of a high-born female ancestor from Ngati Tama being displayed
by a Nelson art gallery is causing controversy. As Whatitiri Te Wake reports, the manipulation of the image
of Huria Matenga have left descendants hurt
and deeply offended. It was originally painted
by artist E. Gottfried Lindauer. Now, it’s been turned
into something else. The image was created
by non-Maori artist Nikki of the Saligia Art Gallery. This Maori art expert has concerns. Ngati Tama ki te Waipounamu’s
media release says the image has been used without
permission and Stephens says the work
is a product of ignorance. Borrell says, however,
it’s not about the image, it’s the fact that the ancestor
lives on through her descendants. Art gallery co-owner Nikki Romney
got in touch with Te Karere and had this to say. The painting has been removed
until discussions between the co-owners
of the art gallery and Ngati Tama have concluded. Whatitiri Te Wake, Te Karere.

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