Maureen Lander: Flat-Pack Whaka­papa

NZ Life & Leisure - - Highst To The Hills -

To 18 Novem­ber, Te Uru Waitakere Con­tem­po­rary Gallery, Ti­ti­rangi The con­nec­tions be­tween whaka­papa and raranga (Maori weav­ing) are probed in three large-scale works by mul­ti­me­dia artist, weaver and aca­demic Maureen Lander. Com­pris­ing whiri (braid­ing), whakairo (pat­tern­ing) and em­body­ing the con­cept of aho tuku iho (ancestral lines handed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion), Lander’s in­stal­la­tions can be sep­a­rated, flat-packed, trans­ported, re­con­fig­ured and added to, sym­bol­iz­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of whaka­papa and an­ces­try. The mo­bil­ity of the works also rep­re­sents the premise of whanau mi­grat­ing away from their tu­ran­gawae­wae but car­ry­ing their cul­ture with them. De­vel­oped and toured by The Dowse Art Mu­seum.

Maureen Lander, Kit­set Whanaun­gatanga, 2017 ( de­tail). Col­lec­tion of the artist

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