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Witoko, Chrissy (maker/artist), circa 1997, Wellington
|Medium summary||paper clippings and photographs glued to a cardboard backing, laminated in plastic|
|Credit line||Gift of the Witoko family in memory of Chrissy Witoko, 2012|
This collaged panel once hung in Wellington’s Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Vivian Street.
It is part of a collection of panels and other items that relate to the life of Chrissy Witoko, the Evergreen Coffee Lounge, and the communities of people who congregated in the cafés and night clubs around Cuba and Vivian streets between about 1970 – 2002.
Each panel includes a combination of photographs featuring people that Chrissy associated with, news or magazine clippings, business cards and other ephemera.
This collage makes references to several Wellington entertainment and hospitality businesses which had a queer connection, either through the owners, staff or patrons. These include Goudy's restaurant and bar, La Strada bar, Brasserie Flipp, Casper's bar and cafe, Hotel St George, Toledo bar, Pierre's, Sanctuary, the Evergreen Coffee Lounge and Espressoholic. It also refers to gay liberation publication Express newspaper, the Out empire (gay saunas, nightclubs, magazine), businesses supporting the NZ Aids Foundation, and various Wellington theatres. GAP (Gay Association of Professionals) is today Rainbow Wellington. The photograph of flax weaving depicts the work of Nga Kaimahi O Te Po (NKTP) Workers of the Night Wellington community services agency.
The panel also includes a promotional photo of the board of Wellington's Devotion parade. Members pictured include Trevor Lawlor, Malcolm Vaughan, Daniel Fielding, Janet Dunne and Vernon Waretini.
Other people featured in this panel are:
Johnny Croskery, Malcolm Vaughan, former MP Georgina Beyer, Carmen Rupe, Chrissy Witoko, Mika (Neil Gudsell), Frank Lund, NZ croquet champion Paul Skinley, Jason Olsen, Chu Ping Yu, former mayor of Wellington Mark Blumsky, Grace Hoet, Alexis Kennedy, Teokotai Paitai, television presenters Nellie and Andrew Whiteside, Jules Jooslin and former mayor of Kapiti Coast Jenny Rowland.
Te Papa is working in collaboration with LGBTI communities and individuals to discover the histories represented in the panels. If you have any information you would like to share in relation to this panel please contact a history curator at Te Papa on +64 (0)4 381 7000 or email Evergreen@tepapa.govt.nz
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