PHOTOGRAPHY

InDigiNous - Urban Shaman Aboriginal Art Gallery, Winnipeg by JoFF Rae

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New Zealand Māori artists working within digital environments

01 December 2017 – 20 January 2018

Opening Reception: December 01, 2017 from 8pm to 11pm
Where: Urban Shaman Aboriginal Art Gallery, 203-290 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg, MB

Artists: Reweti Arapere, Hana Rakena, Rachael Rakena, Kereama Taepa, Suzanne Tamaki, Johnson Witehira, Rangituhia Hollis

Virtual histories are a form of fictional writing that apply a ‘what if’ scenario to history. For example, ‘what if Christopher Columbus did not discover the Americas’, or ‘what if Able Tasman did not discover New Zealand’? Of course neither Columbus nor Tasman were responsible for discovering either of those lands, and the artists in this exhibition explore this idea of ‘virtual histories’ in relation to these types of so called ‘true histories’.

The artworks in this exhibition are made by seven Māori artists from Aotearoa New Zealand who use digital media to create real and virtual spaces for Indigenous knowledge. The exhibition includes a range of media from virtual reality and augmented reality artworks, through to video games, projection installation and 3D printing. Each artwork critiques dominate histories and perceptions of Indigenous peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand, and postulates on how different the world might be for Indigenous peoples in the future.

Exhibition curator Reuben Friend says, “the exhibition includes some of the leading figures currently working in Māori digital art and is a major chance to review how Māori digital media has advanced over the past ten years”.

JOS Wheeler - DoP / Artist by JoFF Rae

JOS WHEELER

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

Jos Wheeler works as a Director of Photography and has shot music videos, TV commercials , Films and Documentaries for the past 20 years. His work has led to travelling regually both locally and internationally, and with acamera close at hand and a unique sensitivity and respect he has often been invited in to photograph people and environments that require a trust factor just to be there, as with his B&W images from Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Mercato, Addis Ababa, Eithiopia, or the now infamous series ‘Te Mana Motuhake O Tuhoe’ from Te Urewera. 

Having grown up on Aucklands west coast Jos has a strong connection with the New Zealand landscape anda appreciation for the beauty and rawness of his environment, once again bringing his unique attention to detail, using strong compositions with a subtle timing of light to capture a mood and emotion, recording more than a time and place but often history of our ever changing landscape.

In the last few years it has been his images from Anti Asset Sales, Deep Sea Oil Drilling, GCSB, TPPA and other protests and marches that have gained much attentionleading to his exhibition ‘Voicing Dissent’ at Lopdell House Gallery in 2014.  Wheeler continues a powerful tradition of empathetic images by the likes of John Miller, Gil Hanly, Ans Westra and Robin Morrison.


   JOS WHEELER     
    Director of Photography
    Ahu Productions
    PO BOX 68517
    Newton
    Auckland 1145
    Aotearoa / New Zealand
    E Joswheeler.nz@gmail.com
    M +64 274 379961