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Seeing Differently by Amelia Jones

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Art as a Binary Proposition; Identity as a Binary Proposition

Exemplar: The Binaries of Self and other in/as Art

Visiting New Zealand for the first time in 2008, I was struck by the intelligence and complexity of an extraordinary exhibition in the bathhouse of a small resort town, Rotorua, in the center of the North Island. The exhibition, Te Huringa/Turning Points: Pakeha Colonisation and Maori Empowerment, included a number of images from the nineteenth century to the present representing Maori lands (or Aotearoa) and people from the collections of the charitable Fletcher Trust and the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua, in Whanganui. The curator’s statement by the two organizers of the show, curator of the Fletcher Trust (Peter Shaw)—who ...

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