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Commentary

New Zealand

LOCATING Shane Cotton

Imants Tillers

SHANE COTTON, Whakakitenga ki Kenehi, 1998, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm. Gow Family Collection, Auckland. 

'Today is today everywhere' Lawrence Weiner

In today's world of accelerating globalisation, questions of identity seem to loom large. So when Robert Leonard asked me as an Australian artist (or is it as a Latvian-Australian?) to write about the work of Shane Cotton, a contemporary Maori artist, I was reminded of the Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor's phrase" 'impressive perversity'! But perhaps Leonard simply wanted a different point of view on the…

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