Opening event Friday June 1, from 5.30pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland
MāoriGrl combines installation and video game to reinvent the story of Hinetītama / Hinenuitepō, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology. The game MāoriGrl serves as a visual reference to this story, with bright colours, a nostalgic wide-screen format, and abstract landscapes to create a naïve atmosphere in the game’s world– a stark contrast to the realities of Hinenuitepō’s purpose in embracing the deceased.
The title and essence of the game itself is derived from Aroha Yates-Smith’s thesis Hine, E Hine, in which she researched different Māori goddesses from pre-colonial times and sought to further support a spiritual connection back to these atua wāhine.
This exhibition is part of the Matariki Festival 2018 programme.
Date(s) - 01/06/2018 - 20/06/2018