Over several recent years, photographer and artist Bruce Connew has roamed the many memorials and gravestones of Aotearoa’s colonial wars to seek out the texts on these testaments to folly. A vocabulary of colonisation.
These remnants are scattered across mostly Te Ika-a-Māui North Island, residual memory, misremembered, not remembered. And there are those who know the Imperial story only too well.
A Vocabulary is an abstract, narrative selection of images from an artist book of the same title, published concurrently with the exhibition. A Vocabulary (Vapour Momenta Books, 2021) is an artist book designed by Catherine Griffiths and Bruce Connew, with a mōteatea and essay by Dr. Rangihīroa Panoho.
Developed and toured by Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Te Uru.
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