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Artist talk: Ammon Ngakuru

Saturday 19 Sep 2020

Ammon Ngakuru, Research image, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Ammon Ngakuru, Research image, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

On the opening weekend of his solo exhibition Cutouts, join us for a talk with Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist Ammon Ngakuru.

Including new paintings and assemblage sculptures, Ngakuru explores the material economies of gathered objects and a particular architectural site—the artist's former school, the (now permanently closed) Mormon Church College of New Zealand in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Cutouts prompts us to reconsider biography or identity, exploring the way history is read in the post-colonial context of Aotearoa New Zealand.


Ammon Ngakuru lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts. Recent exhibitions include: The Tomorrow People, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Pōneke Wellington, 2017; A Shelter for Amnesic Relatives, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Ōtepoti Dunedin, 2017; Thoughts on Secrecy, RM, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2017; Many Happy Returns, Hopkinson Mossman, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2018; and Uncomfortable Silence, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Ōtautahi Christchurch, 2020.

We’re grateful to Rich Coffee Roasters who have generously provided coffee for this event.