Topic: Aotearoa Liberation Posters

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Past exhibition, from July 19-September 28, 2008.

Power Chief King TawhaioFeatured Poster Artists: Katerina Mataira, Warren Olds, Nicola Farquhar, Simon Cumings, Jenny Rhodes, Dion Hitchens, Tessa Laird, Joshua Watene, James Ormsby, Xavier de la Cueva Meade and Leafa Janice Wilson

Silkscreen Printing by Justino Rodriguez (jefe de taller) & team at the ICAIC Printery, Havana, Cuba.

Posters are one of the oldest and most powerful methods of proclaiming messages to the masses. From the propaganda of Hitler's time, Chairman Mao posters to posters advertising Cornerstone Roots, posters are the people's medium for obtaining information quickly and effectively.

This same idea has been adopted by Xavier Meade for this exhibition. He invited ten artists to design posters celebrating liberators we know in Aotearoa. These posters have been printed in Havana, Cuba at the famous Instituto Cubano de Art e Industria Cinematografica. The Institute produced famous images of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Each stencil was cut and printed by hand.

This poster project celebrates a new relationship between Aotearoa and Cuba celebrating both an art form and the politics of liberation.

About the Curator:

Xavier de la Cueva Meade is a Lecturer of Design and Eco-Architecture at the Wintec School of Media Arts. Born raised and educated in Mexico, Xavier has lived in Whaingaroa/ Raglan, Aotearoa with his partner Carolyna Hart-Meade for nearly thirty years.

  • Aotearoa Liberators poster project
  • Solo Show (in collaboration with Carolyna Hart-Meade)
    Un Corrido Mexicano, Waikato Museum, 2006
  • Performance & publication Comunicado Zapatista, Waikato Museum, 2004
  • Solo show, WSA Gallery, Hamilton, 1995.
  • Solo show, One One Nine Gallery, Hamilton, 1991.
  • Group show, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, 1990-91.
  • Solo show, Te Whakaakua Gallery, Waiariki Polytechnic, Rotorua, 1990.
  • Solo show, Words and Pictures Gallery, Auckland, 1987.
  • Touring solo exhibition, Association of NZ Art Societies, 1986-87.
  • Group show, Nga Puna Waihanga, Turangawaewae Marae, 1986.
  • Mural, group show, Ruapunga Marae, 1986.
  • Solo and group shows, WSA Gallery, Hamilton, 1984/85/87/89/91.
  • Group show, Te Awamutu Museum, 1983.
  • Solo and group shows, Real Pictures Gallery, Auckland, 1981-82.
  • Solo and group shows, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland, 1979-1982.

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Gracias-Nga Mihi Atu-Thanks to:

Justino Rodriguez (jefe de taller) ICAIC Printery, Havana, Cuba, Carolyna Hart-Meade (Raukaramea, Whaanga Coast) , Te Miringa Hohaia (Parihaka, Taranaki), Angeline Greensill (Whaingaroa, Raglan), Margi Moore (Media Arts Head of School) Surya Pandy (Wintec Research Director) David Cook (Media Arts Research Leader), Michelle Mayn (, Nick Spratt (rm103 Gallery, Tamaki Makaurau), Jon Bywater (Elam School of Fine Arts, Tamaki Makaurau) and Danny Butt.

Te Rita Papesch (English-Maori Translator), Xavier, Carmen & Gaby Meade (English-Spanish Translators), Flor de Lis and Nilda Blanco (Cuqui) for the logistical work in Cuba, and Pranesh Lal.

Catalogue: writing by Jon Bywater and translation by Te Rita Papesch (Maori) and Carmen Meade, Gaby Meade and Xavier Meade (Spanish), printed by RAMP PRESS, Media Arts.

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