Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti and Terri Te Tau at Aratoi - The Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 5 November- 11 December
Artists Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti and Terri Te Tau’s exhibition Caste opens at
Aratoi - The Wairarapa Museum of Art and History this November the 4th at 5:30pm (All welcome)
This is a collaborative exhibition that explores themes of whakapapa (genealogy) and mana wahine: a concept that embodies authority, power and influence of women in society. The exhibition explores the positioning of these concepts within the socio-political realities of today.
The artists share a common Wairarapa ancestor, Kaipaoe, who lived during the colonial period and is the main source of inspiration for the exhibition. Rongomaiaia is a descendant of the relationship of Kaipaoe and whaler John Robert Brown, Terri is a descendant of Kaipaoe and Tikawenga.
Rongomaiaia’s work is a series of paintings that speak to the early relationships between Maori and Pakeha looking at the issue of commodification, its links with the whaling industry of the time and what that meant for women.
Rongomaiaia said "The inspiration for these paintings come from the relationship of my ancestors Kaipaoe and John Robert Brown. John Robert Brown was a whaler so with this work I am looking at the relationship of Māori and the whaling industry during the colonial period through the lens of my ancestors"
Terri’s figurative sculptures, made from lace and resin, are a comment on the creeping influence of concepts such as terrorism as a justification to expand the surveillance of the public sphere. At its heart the work is an expression of concern at the consequential erosion of human rights and the impact on women.
Terri said "The sculptures are a personal story, they are feminine in form, the material is lace which suggests privacy or in this context the invasion of privacy through a growing culture of surveillance".
When: Opening 4th November: 5:30pm ( Showing from 5th November - 11
December 2011 )
Where: Cnr Bruce and Dixon St, Masterton, New Zealand.
Artist talk: Saturday 5th November at 12pm
The exhibition has been made possible with the assistance of the Creative Communities Scheme Masterton, Te Pūtahi-a-Toi School of Māori Studies Massey University and Aratoi Wairarapa Musuem of Art and History.
For more information contact:
Terri Te Tau: 0278676168