Contemporary encounters

New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana is one of three New Zealand artists participating in an exhibition called Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years on at an “unprecedented number” of venues throughout Winnipeg until May 8. Reihana is joined by Brett Graham, regarded as a leading authority on contemporary Maori sculpture and Reuben Paterson, recipient of the prestigious Moet et Chandon Award. The exhibition website explains the premise of Close Encounters as “indigenous artists imagin[ing] the future within the context of present experiences and past histories.” “This exhibition is so important, it almost takes on the quality of a biennale,” says lead curator Lee-Ann Martin, a Mohawk who is director of the Indian and Inuit Art Centre in Gatineau, Ontario.


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Tūī Winner Benee Has a Vision

Tūī Winner Benee Has a Vision

Aucklander Benee, otherwise known as Stella Bennett, who claimed four Tūīs at this year’s Vodafone Music Awards, talked to Billboard’s Gab Ginsberg in the United States recently about her latest EP,…