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So It Vanishes: Dowse exhibition cancelled

So It Vanishes

Dowse exhibition cancelled.

Mexican artist Teresa Margolles is internationally renowned for her poignant works, which make a profound meditation on death and humanity. The Dowse programmed So it Vanishes for the New Zealand International Arts Festival because we believe passionately in presenting exhibitions that are meaningful; art can move us, delight us, and at times confront us. Teresa's work has the power to do all of these things.

Because of the work's themes of death and memory, The Dowse has been in close consultation with representatives of local iwi, Te Atiawa, in the months leading up to the opening of So it Vanishes. In particular, we have discussed Teresa's work in relation to our most treasured taonga, Nuku Tewhatewha.

The Dowse is guardian of this nationally significant pataka which was carved in the 1850s as a sign of support for Kīngitanga, or the Māori King Movement. Nuku Tewhatewha is one of only seven Pataka built around the North Island as 'Pillars of the Kingdom', and is the only one to survive. Its home at The Dowse carries great meaning for many communities locally and nationally and the team at The Dowse is proud of its guardianship role.

Grave concerns have been shared about exhibiting So it Vanishes alongside Nuku Tewhatewha and The Dowse has therefore decided not to proceed with the exhibition. This was a difficult decision to make, but one we believe is important.

We have appreciated greatly the opportunity to show Teresa's work. Although So it Vanishes will not be exhibited, we remain utterly committed to the relevance and importance of her work.


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