Atā Tū: Toi Whakaata Māori Print Collective Exhibition
Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Maude Cook-Davies (Ngāti Hine), Natalie Couch (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), Sam Farquhar (Te Ātiawa), Jasmine Horton (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi, Te Ātiawa), Simon Kaan (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kai Tahu), Faith McManus (Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Takoto), Alexis Neal (Ngāti Awa), Kahurangi Rihari-Poa (Ngā Puhi), Paora Tiatoa (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa).
Curated by Gabrielle Belz, Ata Tū features art works by members of the Māori Print Collective, Toi Whakaata.
‘Ata’ refers to the reflected image produced through the printmaking process. ‘Ata Tū’ describes the magical moment when the print is lifted from the matrix and brought to Te Ao Marama.
Just as the sun’s rays stretch out to establish the day, this exhibition sees the introduction of emerging printmakers by established members of the group.
Toi Whakataa (later renamed Toi Whakaata) was formed in 2006 and developed from the 2002 Te Atinga Glass and Print wānanga in Whanganui to support Māori printmaking and to encourage the acceptance of print as a process relevant to Māori expressing kōrero.