Brett Graham
Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura) is a prominent contemporary New Zealand artist whose work has been included in exhibitions all over the world. Highlights internationally include the Honolulu Biennale 2017, the Venice Biennale 2007, the Sydney Biennale 2006 and 2010 and the 2013 survey of international indigenous art at the National Gallery of Canada. 

His 2020-21 solo exhibition
Tai Moana Tai Tangata, considered one of the most powerful and historically significant solo exhibitions ever to be staged in New Zealand, is a multi-layered exploration of the legacy of the New Zealand wars of the mid-19th century, bringing together specific local narratives and more universal and topical issues on the nature and role of monuments in the public domain, and the shaping of historical narratives including those of the anthropocene.

Grounded in Te Ao Māori, a Māori world-view, Graham produces large scale sculptures and installations that explore indigenous histories, politics and philosophies. Questions of power relations are at the heart of his practice. He is highly regarded for his ability to abstract complex political, historical and cultural ideas into strong sculptural form. 

"The fact that Brett draws upon the customs of Maori carving and recontextualises these practices within the language of contemporary art is what brings his work so much depth and makes it accessible for many different audiences." Candice Hopkins, co-curator Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada in Art New Zealand #147

Graham has a doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland and an MFA from the University of Hawaii. His work is in public and private collections around the world. He has also produced several major public artworks throughout New Zealand and undertaken artist residencies in Switzerland, the United States and Australia.
Installation view
2021
Brett Graham
Tai Moana Tai Tangata, City Gallery Wellington / Te Whare Toi
Installation view
2021
Brett Graham
Tai Moana Tai Tangata, City Gallery Wellington / Te Whare Toi
Te Hokioi
2008
Brett Graham
pencil on paper
Te Hokioi
2008
Brett Graham
pencil on paper

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Rukuhia 2
2009
Brett Graham
Hand-carved MDF, paint, 1770 x 520 x 360 mm
Rukuhia 2
2009
Brett Graham
Hand-carved MDF, paint, 1770 x 520 x 360 mm

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Cease Tide of Wrong-Doing
2021
Brett Graham
carved wood
Cease Tide of Wrong-Doing
2021
Brett Graham
carved wood

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Installation 1
2011
Brett Graham
Installation 1
2011
Brett Graham
Sutai (alternate angle)
2014
Brett Graham
corian and lacquer, 500 mm diameter
Sutai (alternate angle)
2014
Brett Graham
corian and lacquer, 500 mm diameter

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Installation view 2
2021
Brett Graham
Installation view 2
2021
Brett Graham
Tukua te Karakia ki te Ao
2021

screenprint and graphite, 1000 x 710mm
Tukua te Karakia ki te Ao
2021

screenprint and graphite, 1000 x 710mm

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Maungarongo
2021

screenprint and black sand, 1000 x 710mm
Maungarongo
2021

screenprint and black sand, 1000 x 710mm

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O'Pioneer
2021

screenprint and black sand, 1000 x 710mm
O'Pioneer
2021

screenprint and black sand, 1000 x 710mm

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