Using a first edition copy of A Voyage Round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop, Peter Simpson has produced an exhibition that follows the arrival and development of European forms of poetics, science and history in Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.
Hātarei 6 Noema -
Hātarei 4 Tīhema
Saturday 6 November -
Saturday 4 December
This exhibition uses a foundational work of Modern Travel Literature, A Voyage Round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop, Resolution, Commanded by Capt. James Cook, During the Years 1772, 3, 4, and 5, Georg Forster, 1777.
The Voyage, is an unofficial account of James Cook’s second voyage to the Pacific written by Georg Forster who joined the expedition as an assistant to his father Johann Reinhold Forster, the expedition’s naturalist.
Published 6 weeks before Cook’s official account, the text’s novel contribution was to be more than a collection of facts, which differed from the majority of traveler’s accounts at the time. Forster used the text's narrative to frame and give context to the Voyage’s many scientific ‘discoveries’ - narrative in service to objectivity. Creating a text that is read as much for its account of a journey to another world as its scientific value.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Peter Simpson was born in Pōneke of Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Tamaterā, Indian and Pākehā descent.
He completed an MFA at the Slade School of Art, University College London in 2019, was a participant within the Maumaus ISP programme 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, and completed a BFA at the Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London in 2013. He lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Recent exhibitions include; Te mātauranga ō te Pākehā (The knowledge of the Pākehā), Mayfair Art Fair, NZ, 2020, Slade Degree shows, Slade School of Art, UCL, UK, 2019, Olaf is an Indigenous name, Lacuna, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019, A retreat in time, Big Screen Southend, Focal Point Gallery, UK, 2017, EBC003, with Francis Loyld-Jones, East Bristol Contemporary, UK, 2016.