Tauranga Moana-based artist Darcell Apelu (Niuean, Pākehā, Te Āti Awa) presents Carry Me With You, a sculptural installation for the North Terrace. The work expands on concepts of intergenerational knowledge transmission, a foundation within Apelu’s practice, and takes poutama, a stepped design which emanates from te ao Maori (Māori world view) as its starting point. Carry Me With You reinterprets and inverts poutama to embody the notion of tuakana-teina, where knowledge is transferred and flows both ways between the tuākana (elder) and teina (mentee) and across generations.
Carry Me With You is proudly supported by Contemporary Benefactors of the Auckland Art Gallery and Chartwell Trust.
Image credit: Courtesy of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, photo by Heidi Douglas.