June 03, 2022
Art transforming for Māori
A major seminar this month is going to look at the transformative power of Māori art and how artists are weaving mātauranga Māori into their practice.
Toi Te Kupu: Whakaahuatanga is a follow up to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki’s survey of contemporary Māori art, Toi Tū Toi Ora.
Senior Maori curator Contemporary Māori Art Nathan Pōhio says the two-day wananga will feature speakers including Professor Robert Jahnke from Massey University’s Whiti o Rēhua School of Maori Art, video and installation artist Shannon Te Ao, and cultural theorist Emeritus Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku.
He says change is a constant in art, even when it has roots in tradition.
“It’s a fascinating thing for us as Māori and we can consider for example our tupuna arriving here and how we became Māori through the transformation, how the whenua transformed us, I would say,” Pohio says.
He hopes the wānanga may inspire rangatahi to go out and create.
Toi Te Kupu: Whakaahuatanga will be held on June 15 and 16 with tickets through the Auckland Art Gallery website.