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The Cold Islanders

Waikato Museum

Exhibition catalogue for Cold Islanders: Art on the Pacific Spectrum.

The physical adjustment to the cold winters of Aotearoa would have been difficult for Maaori, equally so for the second wave of Pacific migrants on arrival here in the 1950s to the present day. The second and third generations of Pacific and Oceanic peoples have adjusted to the cold, but their adjustments have had to be internal. The artists in this exhibition trawl their oceans within through dreams, grandparents' watery memories and droplets of inherited culture, research and testing just to find their coordinates. They have cognisant of not being island-based Islanders; visibility, not authenticity, is their goal. The Pacific-fluid person alone reserves the right to state where they might sit on the Pacific spectrum. There is no 'one-way' to be. 


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