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Unnerved: The New Zealand Project

Michael Parekowhai Kapa Haka (Whero) 2003

Michael Parekowhai | New Zealand b.1968 | Kapa Haka (Whero) 2003 | Automotive paint on fibreglass | 188 x 60 x 50cm | Purchased 2009 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Queensland Art Gallery | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

1 May – 4 July 2010
The Fairfax Gallery (Gallery 1.1), 1.2, 1.3, GoMA

The Gallery presents the second in a series of country-specific exhibition projects focusing on its contemporary collections with ‘Unnerved: The New Zealand Project’.

Holdings of contemporary work from New Zealand have grown rapidly since the early 1990s, partly through increased awareness and interest in the Asia Pacific Triennial exhibitions.

'Unnerved' explores a particularly rich dark vein that recurs in New Zealand contemporary art and cinema. Psychological or physical unease pervades many works in the exhibition, with humour, parody and poetic subtlety among the strategies used by artists across generations and genres.

Major sculptures by Michael Parekowhai, installations by Lisa Reihana and Michael Stevenson and photographic series by Yvonne Todd, Anne Noble and Greg Semu will feature alongside video art by Sriwhana Spong and Nathan Pohio. This exhibition will travel to the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2010.