Te Whare Pora, 2012, is a powerful statement of indigenous knowledge systems and collective creativity. It is the first work made by the four-artist Mata Aho Collective and the newest acquisition to the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection.
Mata Aho Collective: Erena Baker (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Raukawa) Sarah Hudson (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe) Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) Terri Te Tau (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne ki Wairarapa)
When: Tuesday–Sunday, 11am-5pm
Where: Level 3, Congreve Foyer Adam Art Gallery, Gate 3, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Wellington
E Hina e! E Hine e! explores the contemporary relevance of female Māori and Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) akua/atua (ancestors). Focusing on our profound connections, and told through contemporary and traditional taonga (treasures), oratory, and visual storytelling, this exhibition celebrates the female essence.
We honour ngā atua/akua wāhine, the divine feminine, embodied in whenua/ʻāina (land), moana (ocean), wai (water), and ngāi tipu, ngāi kiirehe (flora and fauna), to emphasize the importance of mana wāhine from time immemorial. Featuring female voices (kōrero/moʻolelo) of wāhine whom anthropologists and historians omitted from mainstream texts and resources, we seek to restore gender complementarity and balance. The reclamation of the centrality of wāhine/women is timely, because presenting (her) stories that manifest in our natural environment illuminates a pathway toward a more sustainable future, imbued with relationship.
Developed by Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu (Kanaka Maoli), Dr Aroha Yates-Smith (Te Arawa, Tainui, Horouta, Takitimu, Matātua), and curator Poutiaki Whakataki Maree Mills (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), this exhibition draws from their research and collective commitment to hear, understand and act on these messages. The continuation of human life on this planet is, in their view, dependent upon it.
Location: Waikato Museum 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton
Twenty years ago Wayne Youle participated in his first art exhibition at a newly opened Pātaka Art Gallery and Museum here in Porirua. In the years since, he has established a reputation as one of our country’s leading contemporary artists.
The artworks in 20/20: words of wisdom reflect on important life lessons that Wayne Youle has learnt over these past two decades. In the exhibition you will see a number of early works where Youle has not held back in deconstructing and interrogating his own bicultural heritage as an artist of Māori and Pākehā ancestry. Many of these early artworks draw inspiration from a range of contemporary art and pop culture references from Youle’s childhood, such as Gordon Walters’ famous koru paintings, or the shower-curtain Halloween costume from the cult classic movie Karate Kid (1984). These seemingly disparate influences speak to the cultural politics and personal identity of Wayne Youle as a child of the 1970s and 80s.
Other pieces in the exhibition reflect on works made since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, noting a shift in focus away from Youle’s own personal identity politics towards an engagement with family and the communities that surround them. Insights gleaned from his children, parents and mentors begin to appear in the titles of these recent works, marked also by a noticeable progression towards more complex and labour-intensive art practices.
Throughout the exhibition Wayne Youle has placed short written statements about certain artworks which speak to some of the key lessons that he has explored in his art over the past twenty years. These are intimate tales, words of wisdom passed down to the artist from his elders, and from him on to his children. Other works provide a hint as to their significance through the title and imagery, but you the viewer are left to deduce the meaning through your knowledge and life experiences.
Location: Pātaka Art + Museum, Cnr Parumoana and Norrie St, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
When: 15 December 2019 - 29 March 2020 Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 11am-4:30pm Cost of admission: Free entry
Rātana: The Healing Faith Rātana: Te Kaiwhakaora Rātana: Te Kaiwhakaora is a mini exhibition that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Rātana church. It gives visibility and voice to the musical, cultural, and artistic heritage of the iwi Mōrehu, Rātana followers.
Location: Level 4, behind Signs of a Nation, Te Papa Tongarewa When: On Now
Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow Ko Rongowhakaata: Ruku i te Pō, Ruku i te Ao Explore the land, people, and stories of Rongowhakaata, an iwiiwi tribe whose unique art reflects their innate creativity, rich history, and innovative spirit.
Location: Level 4, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa When: Long-term exhibition Cost of admission: Free entry