Matariki exhibition

by Helen Martin
June celebrations of the dawning of the Mâori new year, Matariki, were widespread and varied and included many arts events. Helensville’s Art Centre contributed with a thought-provoking solo multi-media exhibition by Atarangi Anderson (TeAitanga-a-Hauiti and NgatiPorou). Titling her exhibition ‘Rangituhia’ Atarangi, who is currently in her last year studying for a Bachelor of Creative Enterprises at Unitec, wanted to “comment on growing up in Aotearoa as a half-caste Mâori”, to use the Matariki stars as a perspective through which to take “a contemporary look at how knowledge is changed and lost through colonisation and decolonisation” and to encourage viewers and whanau to “participate confidently in TeAo Mâori” (the Mâori world). -
Atarangi’scommentary on“how we fit into being raised as Mâori in a world that has not of late been made by Mâori” was articulated through arts that included beautifully presented stills, moving image and pounamu. Her exhibition was complemented by an artist’s demonstration and workshop where attendees painted Matiriki patterns and heard about the stars of the constellation and their significance.
Due to overwhelming popularity, this exhibition has been extended to July 29th.

Quiet Stillness by Atarangi Anderson

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