August 08, 2021
Walters Prize celebrates inspiring wahine
A collective of Māori women artists have won the Walters Prize for contemporary art.
Mata Aho Collective and Maureen Lander originally created the installation work Atapō for last year’s Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art show at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
The four artists in Mata Aho, Erena Baker, Sarah Hudson, Bridget Reweti, and Terri Te Tau, describe the collective’s large scale fibre-based works as commenting on the complexity of Māori lives.
Kate Fowle, the director of New York’s MoMA PS1, who judged the work remotely, said it did not feel appropriate to award the prize based on a personal selection of one of the four entrants when she could not be physically present with them.
She awarded the prize to Mata Aho and Maureen Lander as a celebration of the inspiration they bring through their sustained collective practices, as well as for the potential futures they offer in their collaborative thinking and generative processes.
The prize is worth $50,000.
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