Ngā Hokohoko is an exhibition curated by Gina Matchitt (Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) 2019 Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern.
The exhibition explores the kaupapa of hokohoko–exchange, trade, barter–within the contemporary jewellery community in Aotearoa.
From Areta Wilkinson’s luxurious gold Hine-Āhua and Huiarei (2013) to Alan Preston’s Pāua Chain (1994), the exhibition looks at how we have shared ideas, materials and techniques.
Featuring several of the most innovative jewellers from the past 40 years, Ngā Hokohoko charts connections and contrasts in materials and pivotal influences such as mātauranga Māori and Pasifika adornment.
A number of the artists featured have work in The Dowse collection. Explore pieces by Alan Preston, Pauline Bern and Neke Moa here.