A group of young Maori art practitioners curating an exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery have created a multilayered journey in pursuit of a greater understanding of matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge). Rebecca Fox discovers what collaboration has meant to the group.
Your mother is always right.
We have all heard that at some point in our lives. For Piupiu Maya Turei having her mother suggest to her she did not need to make her exhibition as the curatorial intern of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery alone jibed at first.
‘‘She was totally right, though,’’ Turei said.
Grabbing a hold of the idea, Turei asked three fellow Dunedin art practitioners to join her in co-curating an exhibition based on a foundation of matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge or world view) and what it means to them as artists.
‘‘Which is incredibly broad, we’ve come to discover.
‘‘It was about the four of us working collaboratively together in a kaupapa Maori way. The project stemmed from a desire to work in a specifically Maori way.’’
Excited by the idea, Madison Kelly, Mya Morrison Middleton and Aroha Novak, all experienced artists in their own right, jumped on board.