“Great artists steal”, or so the refrain goes. But is all really fair in love and art? How do we navigate the blurry line between appreciating and appropriating a culture that isn't ours? Should artists have the right to tell stories that don't belong to them? And how do we celebrate now-problematic figures from history?
Debating these questions are Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok), artistic director Tama Waipara (Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival), writer and director Todd Karehana (The Kweenz of Kelston, Ahikāroa), curator and writer Matariki Williams (curator Mātauranga Māori, Te Papa) and filmmaker/producer Julie Zhu.
Part of Auckland Arts Festival’s Talks series curated by Rosabel Tan.
Image: Bad Lamps – Karl Bayly