Reuben Friend – Profile

ICCA Board Profiles: Reuben Friend Artwork image courtesy Winnipeg Art Gallery Installation image of “Rerenga Wairua (Flowing spirits)” (2021) by Israel Tangaroa Birch, Naadohbii: To Draw Water at Winnipeg Art Gallery AUG 14, 2021 – FEB 22, 2022 Of the…

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ICCA Board Profiles: Reuben Friend

Artwork image courtesy Winnipeg Art Gallery

Installation image of “Rerenga Wairua (Flowing spirits)” (2021) by Israel Tangaroa Birch,
Naadohbii: To Draw Water at Winnipeg Art Gallery
AUG 14, 2021 – FEB 22, 2022

Of the work, Reuben writes:

“’Rerenga Wairua’ (2021) is a sculpture and moving image artwork by Aotearoa New Zealand Māori artist Israel Tangaroa Birch. The artwork is featured in ‘Naadobhii: To Draw Water’ at Winnipeg Art Gallery. Rerenga Wairua literally translates to Flowing Spiritual Waters, and it refers to a location in the ocean at the northern tip of Aotearoa New Zealand where the spirits of the dead pass into the night on their journey home to the ancestral homelands.

Birch’s paternal family is from the north, holding familial ties to the land, waterways, and ancestral narratives of this place. With this artwork, Birch has projected an image of Rerenga Wairua waterways into a satellite dish. Captured in a bowl, or transmitted around the world, the artwork was made in response to former Winnipeg Art Gallery Curator Jaimie Issac’s Naadohbii exhibition premise, to locate our connections to water. Water is more than a commodity or resource. We are water, and water is us. Our wellbeing is relative to the wellbeing of the waterways we inhabit.”

Reuben Friend (Ngāti Maniapoto, Pākehā) is an Aotearoa New Zealand artist, curator and writer. He currently works as the General Manager Community and Partnerships at Porirua City Council and is the former Director of Pātaka Art+Museum in Porirua, Wellington. Board positions include co-chair of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective, committee member of the Te Haerewa Māori Advisory Committee at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, member of the Creative New Zealand [email protected] Executive Advisory Committee, board member of the Pātaka Foundation, and committee member of the Wellington Sculpture Trust. Major curatorial projects in 2021 include Toi Koru: “Sandy Adsett” at Pātaka Art+Museum, “Pan Austro Nesia” at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, and “Naadohbii: To Draw Water” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Canada.

Reuben Friend (Ngāti Maniapoto, Pākehā) est un artiste, commissaire et écrivain d’Aotearoa Nouvelle-Zélande. Il travaille actuellement comme directeur général de la communauté et des partenariats au conseil municipal de Porirua et est l’ancien directeur de Pātaka Art+Museum à Porirua, Wellington. Il est notamment coprésident du Collectif des commissaires autochtones, membre du comité consultatif Te Haerewa Māori de la galerie d’art Toi o Tāmaki d’Auckland, membre du comité consultatif exécutif de Creative New Zealand [email protected], membre du conseil d’administration de la Pātaka Foundation et membre du comité du Wellington Sculpture Trust. Parmi ses principaux projets comme commissaire d’expositions en 2021, citons Toi Koru : “Sandy Adsett” au Pātaka Art+Museum, “Pan Austro Nesia” au Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts à Taiwan, et “Naadohbii: To Draw Water” à la Winnipeg Art Gallery au Canada.

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