For Karetoki
Ayesha Green

When we encapsulate legends in bronze we freeze them in time. The capacity for the legend to continue, to evolve and be part of our current world, is lost: she sits historicised. Meanwhile, trinkets sit in shops, ready to be purchased by tourists as gifts from far away places, as memorabilia, as inanimate objects. Pania travels far as postcards, as photographs, as keyrings. She has become a commodity, cultural capital, she is consumer narrated.

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