Place names conjure up all sorts of responses. They can be evocative, emotional, descriptive, historical and territorial – all in a word, or two. These small nouns often carry considerable significance – be it pride, grievance or even animosity. They are resonating markers that identify our land and our culture. Where Are We? the exhibition, seeks to explore some of the rich stories behind the names we have given to our towns, cities, rivers and mountains of New Zealand.
Artists include: Laurence Aberhart, Michele Bryant, Karl Chitam, Shane Cotton, Paul Dibble, Dick Frizell, Rosalie Gascoigne, Brett Graham, Ralph Hotere, Richard Killeen, Maureen Lander, Colin McCahon, Peter Peryer , John Pule, John Reynolds, Natalie Robertson, Ian Scott, Michael Shepherd, Peter Siddell, Ronnie Van Hout, Ruth Watson.
Text extracted from Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery website.