Artist Talk: Maureen Lander: Flat-Pack Whakapapa

Join us for a talk with artist Maureen Lander on Saturday 11 August at 3pm, followed by the exhibition Flat-Pack Whakapapa opening at 4pm.

For this exhibition Maureen Lander has created three installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Maori weaving). Approaching these forms of human connection from a matauranga Maori (Maori 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).

Maureen Lander was born in Rawene in the Hokianga and has both Scottish and Ngapuhi ancestry. Lander graduated from Wellington Teachers Training College in 1963, and attended Elam School of Fine Art graduating with a BFA in Photography in 1987. She gained her MFA (Hons) in 1993 and is a PhD candidate for a Doctoral degree in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She has been an advisory member for numerous fibre exhibitions, including Te Aho Tapu (The Sacred Thread) at the Auckland Museum and was a part of the consultancy group for the exhibition Purangiahao: Seeing Clearly. Maureen has conducted research in Maori cloak-making, tukutuku, Maori feather adornment and Maori mokihi (rafts).

Flat-Pack Whakapapa is developed and toured by The Dowse Art Museum.
Supported by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.

Image: Maureen Lander, Kit-Set Whanaungatanga, 2017 (detail). Collection of the artist. Photo: Mark Tantrum

Saturday 11 August, 3pm
Exhibition Opening: 4-6pm