April 29, 2021
Wahine Maori collective makes art prize finals
Mata Aho Collective’s collaborative work with senior Māori artist Maureen Lander done for the Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art show at the Auckland City Gallery has been selected as a finalist in the year’s Walters Prize.
The collective, which includes Erena Baker, Sarah Hudson, Bridget Reweti and Terri Te Tau, have dramatically reimagined their work Atapo for the prize.
Over its 20-year life, the biennial prize has become a major showcase for New Zealand contemporary art.
The other finalists are Fiona Amundsen, who will show her 2018 photographic and video installation, A Body that Lives, which focuses on the Japanese experience during World War II.
Sonia Lacey, whose multimedia work Weekend, draws on her research into a 130-year-old London cultural institution, the St Bride Foundation;
And Sriwhana Spong, whose work The painter-tailer centres around the home of her paternal Balinese grandfather.
The exhibition opens on May 15 and the winner will be announced in August.
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