owner decries 'vandalism'
Artist, actor and activist Tāme Iti has corrected his own misspelt name on a painting in a Wellington hotel, prompting calls from the artwork’s owner for the police to investigate.
The painting, Tama performs in a New Zealand landscape, by Wellington-based artist Dean Proudfoot, depicts Iti but incorrectly spells his first name in its title, which features in its bottom lefthand corner.
In a video posted online on Tuesday, and captioned Every week is Māori language week, Iti can be seen entering the QT Hotel in Wellington in a coat and hat, looking at various artworks and then sipping a cup of tea.
“They call me Tame, Tama, somehow or another, you know. Such a simple name – Tāme,” he says to the camera.
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