Whā: Kōrero the Symonds Street Memorial Park
Wha: Kōrero with Mark Harvey, Faisal Al-Asaad and Scott Hamilton at Memorial Park
Saturday 17 August 2019
1:45pm - 3pm
Please meet at Artspace Aotearoa at 1:45pm before walking to the memorial.
Nau Mai, All Welcome
As the final instalment of Mark Harvey’s project, Whakamāui: Recovery Positions, the intersections of public art, culture, and politics will be reflected on at the New Zealand Wars memorial in Memorial Park, at the corner of Symonds and Wakefield Street. Faisal Al-Asaad and Scott Hamilton will present on past and present contexts of Pākehā colonisation, specifically as they emerge through public sculpture, monuments, and memorials. With design collaboration with Adrienne Wong.
Faisal Al-Asaad is an Iraq-born researcher and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. His research interests are in social theory, settler colonialism, and the politics of migrant-indigenous solidarity. His writing can be found at online publications such as Arena, Overland, and Pantograph Punch.
Scott Hamilton is a Tāmaki Makaura based author of Pākeā whakapapa who has focussed on Pasifika arts and colonial Pākeā histories. He has written in a range of contexts such as The Spinoff, Stuff.co and has authored two books recently titled Ghost South Road (Titus Books, 2018), and Searching for Ata'a (Bridget Williams, 2017). He writes the blog Reading the Maps and is currently working on a book about sorcery and sorcery-related violence in Melanesia in addition to writing on Pākehā racism.