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Exhibition: Benjamin Work - TO'A MOTU

27 Aug 2022 to 17 Sep 2022
Saturday 27 August - Saturday 17 September
Exhibition opening features traditional Tongan dance.
Event type: 
Art, Cultural, Exhibition
Bergman Gallery Auckland
3/582 Karangahape Road (Entrance via 2 Newton Road) Grey Lynn Auckland 1010
Online, National, Auckland


Benjamin Work
To'a Motu

Benjamin Work
To’a Motu
August 27 – September 17, 2022


Opening Saturday 27 August, 2-5pm, all welcome.

Throughout history Tongan warriors were the vanguard of many conflicts across Moana Oceania, for centuries warriors were often hired by chiefs of other islands with blood ties to Tonga, for their wars and internal conflicts. 
To’a Motu - or Island Warrior, sees artist Benjamin Work a descendant of these warriors, drawing on the connectivity between the sacred islands of the Pacific and Aotearoa New Zealand. His ongoing research is an investigation of historical Pacific motif and its revivification within an urban context. Exploring the iconography found carved into cultural treasures such as ‘akau tau (war clubs), his paintings and sculptures have sought to find new spaces and ways for audiences to engage with Tonga’s visual culture, both inside institutions and on the streets, debating a sense of place and purpose. 

TMD in the house! Elliot Francis Stewart, TMD crew, Raymond Sagapolutele, Benjamin Work, Charles Williams, Janine Williams, Kairau Bradley.

Benjamin Work & Hūfanga-He-Ako-Moe-Lotu Professor 'Okusitino Māhina

Benjamin Work and Fatu Feu'u

Benjamin Work, Clinton Hewett, Jasmin Hewett.

Benny Chan, Lisa Reihana and Fatu Feu'u


Rev. Maumau Monū & Sione Monū.

Justin Haiu - performance


Bergman Gallery, Auckland
3/582 Karangahape Road
(Gallery entrance via 2 Newton Road)
Auckland, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-5:30pm

Manager: Benny Chan
+64 (0)21324984


Written by

Bergman Gallery | Auckland

25 Aug 2022

Bergman Gallery is a commercial dealer galley established in 2016 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and is dedicated to the exhibition of Contemporary Pacific Art. Auckland branch is established in 2022. Directed by Ben Bergman, Bergman Gallery represents artists from the broader Pacific region.