Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom

Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom


Curated by Ukrainians in New Zealand, Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom is a photographic exhibition offering a recent glimpse of life from the frontline of the devastating war against Russian forces.

These extraordinary and sometimes harrowing images captured by some of the most prominent Ukrainian photographers shed light on the pain and struggle of Ukrainian citizens, who have been resisting Russian invasion for many months. 

Exhibited internationally, the photographs include those taken along the high-risk 1,000KM frontline, showing the destruction resulting from the attacks, with ruins of Ukrainian cities now laid in rubble.

Since the invasion began in February of this year, more than 120,000 residential buildings, 2,000 schools and 700 hospitals have been destroyed or severely damaged. Thousands of lives have been lost, including more than 350 children, and more than 12 million Ukrainians have fled their homes seeking safety. 

Everything you will see and experience in this gallery has been chosen by members of the Ukrainian community to tell their own story.

Visit Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom to gain deeper insight into the human cost of this current-day war. 

Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom may not be suitable for children aged under 15 years. The exhibition contains graphic and confronting content, and includes a separate sign-posted section with photographs depicting explicit harm to adults and children.

This exhibition may be particularly distressing for those of Ukrainian and Russian backgrounds. For counselling and other support services for these communities please click here.

Photographers include: 
Denys Kazanskyi, Dmytro Laryn, Serhii Myhalchuk, Kostiantyn Sova, Dmytro Kornilov, Eduard Kryzhanivskyi, Tetiana Poslavska, Dmytro Kozatsky, Datalion, Viacheslav Onyshchenko, Misha Djos and Rodrigo Abd.

Ukrainian project team:
Kateryna Samokisha - Project Manager, Alex Pakholjuk - Creative Director, Tanya Mishchuk - Art Director, Kyrylo Kucherov - Content Writer

With support from Yuriy Gladun, Head of Ukrainian Association of New Zealand - North, Ukrainska Pravda and Ukrainer.

Image 1: Dmytro Kornilov, Image 2: Serhii Mykhalchuk, Image 3: Rawla Dowlohowa


Vinok Workshop

SAT 17 SEP, 11AM & 1.15PM

Come and join us to make your own traditional Ukrainian wreath
- a Vinok.

The flower wreath is part of Ukrainian national attire, and is worn on festive occasions and on holy days, and increasingly in daily life as part of a wider cultural revival.

Workshops are approximately two hours in duration and are limited at 25 people per session.

Movie Screening: Mariupol. Unlost Hope.

SAT 17 SEP, 1PM & 3.15PM
TUE 11 OCT, 6PM 

Come along for a free screening of this recent documentary film Mariupol. Unlost Hope. 

Featuring first-hand accounts, this documentary tells the story of a crime through the eyes of victims who managed to survive the first month of the invasion of Mariupol.

Nadiya’s chronicles of the blockade in social media became an opportunity to see and feel close up what thousands of people saw and felt.

This is the story of a city where everything but hope has been destroyed.

“What impresses me most in this,” says director of the film Maxim Litvinov, “Nadiya is a very kind and fair person, and my aim was to show her as such — against the darkness surrounding her from this brutal war.

CONTENT WARNING - Viewer discretion is advised. This film shows images of war, death and people in distress. Recommended for a mature audience.

What is Te Taunga Community Hub?

What is Te Taunga Community Hub?


Te Taunga means “the landing place.” Like Tāmaki Makaurau itself, Te Taunga Community Hub is a place of arrival and a coming together of people.

In Te Taunga Community Hub, we celebrate the diverse communities of Tāmaki Makaurau by inviting them into the space to create their own exhibit. Our visitors will experience a community's story not through the Museum’s interpretation, but through the eyes of the community itself.

Located just off the Grand Foyer, everything you find in the gallery has been chosen by the community to tell their story, from the treasures themselves, to the labels, the signage, and the lighting.

Image from Tā'ere Mā'ohi i Aotearoa, curated by the Mā’ohi Nui Community, 2022.

Previous exhibits

Take a virtual tour of a previous Te Taunga Community Hub exhibit and view a community's story through the eyes of the community itself.

A Place to Stand: Contemporary Indian Art in Aotearoa

A Place to Stand: Contemporary Indian Art in Aotearoa

The Kshetra Collective presents:

A Place to Stand

ठहराव का स्थान Thahraav Ka Sthaan

നിൽക്കാൻ ഒരു സ്ഥലം ઊભા રહેવાની જગ્યા

 ثابت قدمی والا بلد Turangawaewae

Curated by distinguished artists of Indian heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand, this collaborative show explores the question What is contemporary New Zealand Indian art?

Artists Tiffany Singh (installation- fine art), Shruti Yatri (painting), Mandrika Rupa (film), Jacob Rajan - Indian Ink (theatre), Rafik Patel (spatial design), Sarah Dutt (painting and rangoli), and Mandy Rupa-Reid (classical dance) invite you to discover and explore artworks that represent each artist’s ideas and professional practice, born from their own experience, heritage, and creative interests.

In addition to the stunning artworks on display, A Place to Stand features interactive elements, video interviews with the artists, and documentary film.

The artists of the Kshetra Collective embody a range of the Indian diaspora and its diversity. The collective aims to be inclusive of artists and creatives rather than focusing on a specific group, religion or language. This is the first group show of its kind in Aotearoa and is of great significance, especially for communities and audiences that have had little representation in respected New Zealand institutions.

Everything you will see and experience in the gallery has been chosen by the artists to tell their own story, from the artworks on display, to the labels, the signage, and even the lighting.

A Place to Stand: Contemporary Indian Art in Aotearoa is supported by the Local Activation Fund Programme, administered by Auckland Unlimited on behalf of the New Zealand Government.


Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa: Mā’ohi Culture in New Zealand

Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa: Mā’ohi Culture in New Zealand

Discover the beautiful landscapes and fascinating history of Mā’ohi Nui (Tahiti and neighbouring archipelagos) in Te Taunga Community Hub's latest exhibit. The entirely community-curated gallery tells the story of Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa - Mā’ohi culture in New Zealand.

Everything you will see and experience in the gallery has been chosen by the community to tell their own story, from the treasures on display, to the labels, the signage and even the lighting.

Tā'ere Mā’ohi i Aotearoa is an invitation to experience the rich heritage and culture of its people through images, projections, and traditional objects.

Banner image by: Ha Une Te Natura
Sudan: A Confluence of Cultures
SUN 5 DEC - SUN 23 JAN 2022

Sudan: A Confluence of Cultures

Discover the many stories of Sudan in this exhibition curated by New Zealand Aotearoa’s Sudanese community.  

On display in Te Taunga, the Museum's Community Hub, this exhibition showcases the history and art of this culturally rich country, told by Sudanese people of many varied ancestries and lifestyles. 

Just as the Blue and White Nile meet in Sudan, A Confluence of Cultures celebrates the intersection of Sudanese diversity, and nurtures the relationship with our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Sudanese Women Traditional Dress (White - Everyday, Red- Wedding Costume)

Marwa (Travelling Sudania)