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Sat 10 Aug 2013, 2:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: teanautuiono

All welcome to the Art exhibition opening of Puwawau

Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Kai Tahu, Rangitane) graduated from Massey University with a degree in Maori Visual Arts First Class Honours. Wananga is the underlying theme of this exhibition of self-portraits. Informed by her Wairarapa whakapapa and narratives, these paintings explore wananga as a medium for activating customary knowledges.

Bridget Reweti's (Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi) practice includes photography and moving image. Her work seeks to subvert the scenic view of New Zealand's iconic landscapes. Currently based in Wellington, Bridget has recently completed a Masters in Maori Visual Arts through Massey University.

Terri Te Tau is working towards a Doctorate in Fine Arts at Te Putahi a Toi, Massey University. Terri’s research incorporates the use of sculpture, sound and video with the aim of exploring creative resistance to the power dynamics inherent within surveillance practice.

Karangawai Marsh (Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngati Maniapoto, Te Arawa) is also a graduate of Māori Visual Arts and has been a Maori language teacher for over ten years. Her practice is informed by Te Reo and tikanga Maori resulting in interactive installation.

Mata Aho Collective - Erena Baker (Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngati Toa Rangātira, Sarah Hudson (Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe), Terri Te Tau and Bridget Reweti is a result of friendships forged and ideas established during wānanga. Their work 'Te Whare Pora' was produced during the 2012/13 Enjoy Summer Residency and as Mark Amery wrote, "The work speaks strongly of the concept of a collective cloak for warmth and learning. Popular material, contemporary installational art practice and modernist forms combine here to give traditional craft renewed meaning."