Natasha Matila-Smith ( Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine, Samoan, Pākehā) is an arts practitioner based in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Natasha has developed a series of confessional text-based works that explore her experiences of loneliness and discomfort, and how they relate to larger social and economic structures. She frequently speaks from her position as an Indigenous woman of colour (WOC), a position where multiple sites of oppression intersect and are intimately related to the body. She uses her art to vocalise this position, developed out of a desire to connect with others. (1)
She has written extensively about the impulse of New Zealand art institutions to define and exoticise Indigenous bodies and cultures. By raising discourse around the disconnection between digital interfaces and their underlying structures, she’s also suggesting the disconnect is so intuitive; it’s the tacit knowledge that governs and connects us all.
In 2018, Natasha was selected for the Goethe-Institut Feminism and Pop-Culture Networking Tour in Berlin and Indonesia. Natasha is also a writer who has contributed to Runway Australian Experimental Art (AU), Un Projects (AU), Art New Zealand and Matters Aotearoa.