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Ownership/Security badge by Darcell Apelu
Ownership/Security badge by Darcell Apelu
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Ownership/Security badge by Darcell Apelu


gold mirror perspex

97mm x 30mm

These badges ‘Ownership/Security’ is merchandise created alongside the large scale gilded sculpture Death of Prosperity. The badge itself is a tag and could be mistaken for 

The line between the text symbolises whenua/land with the text above ‘ownership’ and ‘security’ below references the philosophy of colonist Edward gibbon Wakefield that owning land provides security. In parallel considerations of belonging to the whenua/land as kaitiakitanga for security is enough.

Supporting Merchandise for Death of Prosperity Exhibition 

Link to Exhibition Info: https://www.artgallery.org.nz/exhibitions/id/1749

About the artist

Born and raised in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, of Niuean and Pakeha descent Darcell graduated with a Masters in Art and Design from Auckland University of Technology in 2013 and is now based in Tauranga. Her practice explores perceptions of the Pacific body through identification within the social climate of New Zealand and the Pacific. Darcell’s practice is interested in exploring identity in relation to legacy and storytelling, and ideas around how the body operates in social and cultural contexts.