Georges Nuku, derrière l’une de ses créations : « En tant qu’artiste, je crois que nous pouvons diriger notre futur »
Saturday, April 25 2015 to 31 January 2016, the Maori artist George Nuku present, the natural history museum, its exposure Bottled Ocean 2115, just arrived from the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei.Pirogue particular composed of plastic bottles, shark and atolls Plexiglas ... transparency and floating in an ocean-blue painted room, floor to ceiling. The opportunity to reflect on our environment.
Can you tell us about your work Plexiglas which you are one of the few specialists ?
George Nuku "It is the evolution of twenty years of work in my art. I can say that I am the creator of this Maori art. I worked for many major museums in the world: the British Museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the MAS Museum in Antwerp, the Museum of Anthropology Vancouver ... Usually, an artist reaches a different concept after receiving influences and this time, the artist must capture. "
What led you to create this exhibition ?
"My trip 20 years and, believe it if you want, I saw the movie Waterworld Kevin Costner. I also had long conversations with Sebastien Minchin, director of the museum. An idea dear to my heart, that of adaptation and mutation of life. It is truly a reality. Personally, my genealogy changed when my mother, Maori, married a white man. I am an example of how Maori culture must adapt to the new changes. We are in a dance of change and change is leading us. "
What would you communicate ?
"I want to express that life changes, try to understand the relationship to plastic. Researchers say that in the oceans, plastic grain can be attached to each grain of sand. They say that plastic is the devil. But he did not come alone in the ocean ... Being Maori allows me to be in communication with the deities of all, and especially with the plastic divinity. I see two elements of light and water, two sources of life. I want to show a possible scenario of the future. "
Your presence in Rouen will she held meetings with the school or students ?
"This is the beginning of a series of interventions with rouennaises classes until January 2016. I try to create a moment of beautiful expression, so beautiful that it can reach the heart of the public. As an artist, I believe that we can direct our future. "
INTERVIEW BY PATRICIA BUFFET
Exhibition " Bottled Ocean 2115 "Visible from Saturday 25 April 31 January 2016. Natural History Museum, 198 rue Beauvoisine. More information on : museumderouen.fr