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Te Papa Tongarewa (National Museum of New Zealand) - I Too Am In Paradise II

Producer | Director | Editor: Monica Cordero


In 2023 Raewyn Atkinson exhibited her work titled 'I Too Am In Paradise II' at Te Papa Tongarewa (National Museum of New Zealand). Her work was filmed over 10 months, recording the life cycle of an organic installation made in her Wellington garden. 

Unfired clay urns, each bearing the phrase ‘Et in Arcadia ego’ (I too am in Paradise), are planted with ngutu kākā mā (white kākā beak). As the ngutu kākā grow, they strain against the urns, which crumble and decay, returning to the earth.

In the film, Atkinson describes the process and use of harakeke (New Zealand flax) and delves into her thinking around the work.

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