In the wake of the first launching of \\\ Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa — a paper record. /// at Ramp Festival early August, the second at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Te Tuhi generously hosted the third at their gallery in Pakuranga, Tāmaki Makaurau, and the fourth — a casual pop-in afternoon at Smash Palace in Ōtautahi.
Edited by Catherine Griffiths and published by Vapour Momenta Books with the support of Creative New Zealand and Lost Time, the book has now made it’s way out into the hands of contributors, libraries, gallery bookshops and keen collectors! It’s also in the news: keep an eye out on new issues of Art News Aotearoa (issue #199), North & South (upcoming October issue) and The Spinoff (Books).
Here we share images from part two of an earlier post celebrating the pukapuka’s now existence “set in red ink on paper”:
Saturday 26 August / 11:30am
13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
The third in the series of launches Te Tuhi with designers, artists, friends, whānau, supporters and the super gallery team, including Cindy Huang, curator Andrew Kennedy (who took the photos) and director Hiraani Himona. Editor Catherine Griffiths in kōrero with Alice Murray (co-founder of Lost Time), Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho and Desna Whaanga-Schollum only confirmed the depth and breadth of \\\ Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa — a paper record. ///, the myriad issues weave in and out, don’t fade with time, but remain current and vital. Hilarity and humour at the group shot … thank you so much to everyone there (and those who couldn’t be here), not all pictured, but equally in the frame of today … mauri ora!
Saturday 2 September / 2:00–5:00pm
172 High Street
Kā mihi nui to Erin Broughton who repped Designers Speak (Up) and Vapour Momenta Books for Te Waipounamu, and to everyone who came to Smash Palace for the launch of \\\ Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa — a paper record. /// A pop-in afternoon, it was great to see so many lovely faces, both familiar and new. Special thanks to the contributors who picked up their koha copy. If you’re in Ōtautahi or Ōtepoti and haven’t got yours yet they’re incoming, you can message Erin on Instagram and organise to meet, or she’ll send out to you. In Erin’s words, “what a stunning day! Feeling very grateful for the warmth, generosity and many lovely conversations — and to @delaney_davidson for bringing a much needed coffee!”
Limited copies can be found at Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Evening Books, Objectspace, and Te Tuhi.
Library copies can be found at Auckland Central Library and Auckland Museum Library, and several university libraries. Not in your library? Ask to have our book included as course research!