Contemporary Māori artists from New Zealand Tai Kerekere and Kaaterina Kerekere, husband and wife duo present an exhibition of Contemporary Māori art, 'Ngā Uri o Tangaroa - Descendants of Tangaroa'.
The exhibition builds its foundation around the whakapapa (genealogy) of the knowledge and innovation of art, through the artists descent from Tangaroa (God of the Sea), recorded in kōrero (narratives) through Te Rāwheoro, the house of learning of Te Aitanga a Hauiti. This whakapapa highlights one of their most important connections to Tangaroa.
"Art is a whakapapa (genealogy). It is continuously evolving from one generation to the next. Art is an expression of one's identity", Tai states.
'Ngā Uri o Tangaroa - Descendants of Tangaroa' navigates through various stories of Māori culture, Māori art, pre- and post-colonial, providing a platform for cross-cultural discussion and debate. The artists challenge themselves and the audience, as indigenous people to stand up and have a voice - face head strong current cultural, environmental and governance challenges of the past, present day and into the future.
"Māori art and design is a key identifier of our cultural identity and heritage. The icons, motif and stories are unique to our whānau (family), hapū (sub-tribe) and iwi (tribe)", says Kaaterina.
The exhibition features paintings, mixed media works and a few silver adornment pieces.
The exhibition 'Ngā Uri o Tangaroa - Descendants of Tangaroa' is presented by Gallery 'Iolani, Windward Community College, University of Hawai'i with the support of Creative New Zealand, Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
Exhibition Duration: Jan 31 - Feb 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, January 31, 4-7 pm
Meet the artists: Sunday, February 2, 2-4 pm