July 16, 2019
Space for wāhine in Auckland Elemental Festival
A south Auckland photographer is extending her artistic exploration of wahine toa into a one-day event as part of the Auckland Elemental Festival.
Qiane Matata-Sipu's Nuku photojournalism project aims to profile up to 100 indigenous women.
She says the Nuku Festival at Makaurau Marae in Ihumātao on July 27 is a chance for women to come together and celebrate being wahine.
"We've got some guest speakers. We've got a panel, make and take workshops during the day so rāranga, rongoā and pareu workshops and then we've also got a hula workshop for our wahine to reconnect with their tinana and then we've got an introduction to the maramataka so it's a pretty full on day but it's a very exciting part of the Auckland Elemental Festival," she says.
Qiane Matata-Sipu's work is currently showing at the Mairangi Arts Centre in Mairangi Bay as part of Te pō tahuri atu, The night of restless turning, along with work by Tia Ranginui and Arapeta Ashton.
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