"In her studio-based practice, Ayesha Green sustains a provocative engagement with processes of reproduction. By her own admission, Green utilises mimicry and copying to undermine the authority of symbolic objects, questioning the authenticity of their claims to power. While giving precedence to source material from the era of first contact between Māori and Pakēha, Green continues to draw on a wide range of references. Attempting to transmute the power of inherited objects and images by establishing new reading's, Green thus pushes back at European-centric practices of anthropology and classification, and the demonstrable military and cultural domination of our shared colonial history."Read More
Elle Loui August, Matters Art Journal Aotearoa: Issue 8 (2018)
Ayesha Green (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) is an artist based in Ōtepoti. She graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts from Wintec in 2009 and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts from Elam in 2013. In 2016 she completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts specalising in Museums and Cultural Heritage. In August 2019 she was announced the winner of the National Contemporary Art Awards, judged by Fiona Pardington and hosted by the Waikato Museum. Recent exhibitions include: Strands, The Dowse Art Museum (2019); Tuia - Southern Encounters, The Hocken Gallery (2019); Elizabeth the First, Jhana Millers (2019); Living Portraits: Mata Raurangi, Auckland Art Gallery (2019); Two Oceans at Once, ST Paul St Gallery (2019). She is currently on the Board of Trustees for The Blue Oyster Art Project Space and is a member of Paemanu, Ngai Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts Collective.
Text courtesy Jhana Millers.
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