Greg Semu: The Battle of the Noble Savage
29 March – 20 July 2014
In 2007 Auckland-born artist Greg Semu was the first artist-in-residence at the Museé du quai Branly, Paris, France. He was commissioned to create an artistic response to the Bonded by Blood Adidas™ campaign featuring the All Blacks for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, hosted by France. A series of spectacular staged photographs, drawing on the trope of the ‘noble savage’, was the outcome. Te Manawa augmented the exhibition with contextual material reflecting the idea of the ’noble savage’ in New Zealand from the 18th to 20th centuries, including works borrowed from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira.
Exhibition toured by City Gallery Wellington and the artist.