Hotere. Hone Papita Raukura Hotere. Ralph Hotere. August 1931 to February 2013. Hokianga. Te Aupouri. Te Rarawa.
Ko Te Hokianga tona rohe. Ko Te Rarawa raua ko Te Aupouri ona iwi. Ko Hone Papita Raukura Hotere tona ingoa. I whanau mai ia i te tau kotahi mano, iwa rau, toru tekau ma tahi. I mate ia i te tau rua mano, tekau ma toru.
What I remember is the beret. The blackness. And not understanding. He is one of New Zealand’s most important artists.
We start at the end:
Ralph Hotere (Te Aupōuri) is regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest artists. This documentary by Merata Mita provides a perspective on his world, largely by way of framing his extensive body of work. Hotere remains famously tight-lipped throughout, but there are interviews with artists, friends and commentators, alongside scenes of Hotere working and of his contemporary home context. Mita’s impressionistic film is set to a Hirini Melbourne-directed score of jazz, māori and pop songs, and poetry reading by Hotere’s first wife Cilla McQueen.
There are very few things I can say about my work that are better than saying nothing.– Ralph Hotere
Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
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