Author(s): Anna-Marie White
"The Maui Dynasty" is an exhibition that looks at the influence of Maori, Pacific Island and Asian cultures in contemporary New Zealand art. It does this against a different perspective of history which positions the migratory story of Maori, from Asia and through the Pacific, as a story equal in influence to New Zealand's standard colonial history. The artists are: John Edgar, Max Gimblett, Brett Graham, Janet Green, Niki Hastings-McFall, Hoon Li, Simon Kaan, Virginia King, Richard Orjis, John Pule, Joe Sheehan, Young Sun Han, John Walsh. This exhibition catalogue features contextual essays by leading historians Atholl Anderson, Tony Ballantyne and Brian Moloughney, which outline the Asian and Pacific origins of Maori. Exhibition curator, Anna-Marie White, investigates how multicultural discourses have affected, and limited, the understanding of other' influences in contemporary New Zealand art.