From the Shore considers the influence of Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita on a current generation of artists. Barclay and Mita were forerunners in making films by Māori, about Māori, for Māori.
Just as whakapapa (genealogy) reflects someone’s lineage and biology, the starting line of a kete determines how its patterning and size will develop. In Flat-Pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander has created three installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (M?ori weaving). Approaching these forms of human connection from a m?tauranga M?ori (M?ori knowledge) perspective, Lander engages with weaving techniques—including whiri (braiding) and whakairo (patterning)—and the concept of aho tuku iho (ancestral lines handed down continuously from generation to generation).
Portrait of Jewellery springs forward from an exploration into the ever-changing definition of contemporary jewellery. Here, the specific arrangement of objects and the spaces around them forms a visual language, speaking to the connections between people and things. Within the installation each unique object builds upon both traditional associations and personal narratives to investigate the potential divide between a tool and an item of jewellery, and spurs a conversation around use, value and meaning.