Large-scale diptychs by Bepen Bhana situate Bollywood stars in renowned West Auckland locations.
In a nutshell:
Te reo Māori meets Hindi / Bollywood in the Waitaks / Belonging and place
Bepen Bhana’s large-scale diptychs situate Bollywood stars in renowned West Auckland locations. European painting conventions are integrated with filmi graphicwallahs (billboard hoarding painters) practices to foreground the pervasive idealisation and commercialisation of landscape imagery. Named in te reo Māori and Hindi, the diptychs interrogate the issues of ownership, identity, profiteering, and belonging embedded in representations of place.
Image: Detail of: Deepika Me Shahrukh i Maukatia, Muriwai / Deepika Aur Shahrukh Māori Khaṛi, Muriwai par (Deepika And Shahrukh At Māori Bay, Muriwai), 2015.
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