'Native Tongue - A Taonga (Treasure)' tells the story of New Zealand artist Gill Gatfield creating a totemic sculpture. Carved from a single unique log of ancient Kauri radio carbon dated at over 45,000 years old, Native Tongue predates human migration to Aotearoa NZ, the migration of Neanderthal man across Europe, the hunt for mammoths, and cave painting in Europe. The abstract I-figure and primary number One speak of the past and re-connect humanity to primordial origins.
‘Native Tongue: A Taonga (Treasure)’ 2018
Video: Gatfield Studio & Chillbox Creative
Audio: Claire Ulenberg, Curator
Music: Aroha Kia Koe, Mahina-Ina Kingi-Kaui & Gary Clarke (Instruments include Tonga puro-Nguru)
With thanks to Spark Foundation