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Hey Bey – Hymn For The Weak End

15 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017

By artist Bepen Bhana

Bepen Bhana, 2017

Friday 15 September 2017, 10.00am - Saturday 21 October 2017, 2.00pm

Gallery hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 8am-2pm


Fresh Gallery Ōtara, Shop 5/46 Fair Mall, Ōtara Town Centre, Auckland

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Annie Bradley

021 278 8151


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Hey Bey – Hymn For The Weak End – 15 Sep - 21 Oct 2017.

Artist Bepen Bhana refers to pop culture in his realist paintings.

In this exhibition, Hymn for the Weak End, a video by Coldplay featuring Beyoncé is a starting point for looking at cultural appropriation.

As soon as it was released, the video was accused of exoticisation for its stereotypical portrayal of Indian society.

For his suite of paintings, Bhana focuses on the contradictory role of Beyoncé, an African American woman dressed as a Bollywood star in a full desi bridal sari, elaborate matrimonial headdress, jewellery and henna tattoos on her hands, with her gestures imitating movements from Indian classical and spiritual dance.

Please note: there is no official opening for this exhibition. Join us at Fresh Gallery Ōtara for the public programmes below.

Free public programmes:

  • Hey Bey: Karaoke and Henna Celebration – Sat 14 Oct, 9am-12pm –  Celebrate Diwali by flexing your vocal chords to both Bollywood and Western tunes, and try out the henna art form with a workshop/session hosted by Manpreet Jador.
  • Indian Classical Music with Balamohan Shingade – Thu 19 Oct, 7pm-8.30pm