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. Simon describes his work as ‘biological landscapes’ – animated vistas that piece together a sense of belonging and explore a multi-dimensional sense of self – his heritage (a Ngāi Tahu mother and Chinese father) and love of surfing and the local landscape all influence his artistic practice.

You can watch the full episode below.

We’ll be launching an episode each Friday for the next eight weeks. Other artists featuring in the series are: master carver Fayne Robinson, jeweller Areta Wilkinson, sculptor Ross Hemera, multi media artist Lonnie Hutchinson, photographer Fiona Pardington, video installation artist Nathan Pohio and weavers Reihana Parata and Morehu Flutey-Henare.

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