Simon Kaan


Simon Kaan – Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu

After 12 months in the making, Te Rūnanga o Ngāī Tahu launch Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu, a web series of eight mini art documentaries exploring the practice and success of a number of talented New Zealand artists who also happen to be Ngāi Tahu. The series kicks off today with Dunedin artist Simon Kaan….

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Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu

Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu not only celebrates the work of Ngāi Tahu artists and looks at what a Ngāi Tahu art aesthetic is – it also gives recognition to people for the work they’re doing on the ground to encapsulate the sense of what it is to be Ngāi Tahu in a solid form for future generations to look back on.

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Simon Kaan

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Kāti Irekehu, Kāti Mako Art’s agency within cultural revival is central to Simon Kaan’s understanding of his position as an artist. He possesses a refined visual language developed over decades, intrinsically tied to his sense of personal genealogy being of Ngāi Tahu and Chinese descent.

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Expecting to fly

The Paemanu rōpū brings together a diverse group of artists dedicated to the development of Ngāi Tahutanga through contemporary visual arts. Kaituhi Matt Philp reports. In 2006, a group of Ngāi Tahu contemporary artists exhibited in a group show at a cultural centre near Melbourne. For several of the 14 artists involved, it was the…

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Kai Hau Kai – the art project

Kai Hau Kai – the art project. Created by Ron Bull jr. and Simon Kaan. Extending a project first presented in New Mexico in 2012, Simon Kaan presents Kai Hau Kai, a Ngāi Tahu exchange working with communities to explore the concept of sharing of food, and its importance in creating and maintaining social and…

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Kā Honoka

Kāi Tahu art graduates feature at Dunedin School of Art exhibition. In a first for the Dunedin School of Art, it is showcasing 40 years of work from its Kāi Tahu graduates. The Kā Honoka exhibition features the work of artists like Rachael Rakena, who recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and Ross Hemera, Professor…

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Rock art hīkoi

Hundreds of Māori rock art sites have been found scattered all over the Ngāi Tahu takiwā, from Bluff to Kaikōura, and archeologists continue to find more. Last weekend a rōpū of Ngāi Tahu artists went on a hīkoi to visit some of the South Canterbury rock art sites. Ross Hemera (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe),…

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