E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking'
11 November to 1 December 2019

  1. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #1
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  2. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #2
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  3. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #3
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  4. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #4
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  5. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #5
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  6. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #6
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  7. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #7
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  8. E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' #8
    inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
    735 x 1110 mm
    2019
    $3,200
  9. Edition of four
    available unframed
    $2,500

E kōrero ana ngā rākau: 'the trees are talking' is a suite of photographs from Atkinson's 52 minute time-delay moving image work, I Too Am In Paradise II, exhibited at Object Space, Auckland, early 2019. The film captures the changes that occur to the living sculpture, featuring 30 kōwhai ngutu kākā mā in unfired clay urns in the artists Brooklyn garden over ten months.

The plants used in this project are a rare variant, in albino form, of Clianthus puniceus – one of the two endangered species of kōwhai ngutu kākā, last seen in the 1950's and brought back from extinction through the combined efforts of Scion (Crown Research Institute), iwi and DOC.

They were entrusted to Atkinson by East Coast hapu, Ngāi Kōhatu (Ngāti Hinehika) who call these kaka beak 'ngutu kōrako', after the ancestress Hinekōrako, a taniwha who lives beneath Te Reinga falls where these plants once grew.

The inscription on each urn is a citation from the French baroque artist Nicholas Poussin's painting Et in Arcadia Ego (1637-38).

The title for this exhibition, E kōrero ana ngā rākau, is taken from Rangihiroa Panaho's essay in the Object Space publication produced for their exhibition (http://www.objectspace.org.nz/journal/e-korero-ana-nga-rakau/).