Opening Saturday August 11, from 4.00pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
Artist Talk with Maureen Lander: Saturday 11 August, 3pm
Flat-Pack Whakapapa builds on the notion that our whakapapa is always with us. As such, her installations can be packed down into individual weavings: easily carried around, reconfigured and added onto later. This approach symbolises how our whakapapa grows with us, and how our genealogy is inherited and carried by the descendants who continue on our lines of heritage. The exhibition explores the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Maori weaving). Approaching these forms of human connection from a matauranga Maori perspective (Maori knowledge), Lander engages with weaving techniques—including whiri (braiding) and whakairo (patterning)—and the concept of aho tuku iho (ancestral lines handed down continuously from generation to generation).
Flat-Pack Whakapapa at Te Uru will also include two new installations made in collaboration with local weavers and school children. Developed both during and over the course of the exhibition, these new works continue Lander’s interest in how to address customary ideas in relevant ways for newer generations.
Flat-Pack Whakapapa is developed and toured by The Dowse Art Museum, who presented the exhibition in Lower Hutt, 2017.
Date(s) - 11/08/2018 - 18/10/2018