Murray Hewitt's videos mix social commentary with a healthy dose of humour and absurdism. His work reflects on the excesses of late 20th century capitalism, the lingering effects of colonisation and points of conflict in contemporary New Zealand. In the video below, excerpts from his work are interspersed with discussion about his working processes, including his consultation with Māori over the use of the Raukura peace symbol left by the prophets Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi of Parihaka.

Burnings (2005) Murray Hewitt

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