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.
Guilty Pleasures, Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands
Personal Space, The Arts Centre, Christchurch, RAMP Gallery, Hamilton
Personal Space, CIRCUIT/AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington; Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland
twenty-four-seven, Te Uru, Auckland
Hear Me Roar!, Weasel Gallery, Hamilton
I will never run out of lies nor love, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia
Sleight of Hand, RAMP Gallery, Hamilton
Hard Feelings, Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne, Australia
Between me and you, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland
Heavenly Creatures, Verge Gallery, Sydney Australia
If You Miss Me, Let Me Know, MEANWHILE, Wellington
The Cold Islanders, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
You're My Number One, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
Dark Objects, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
Urban Legends/ Open Brief, All Goods Gallery, Auckland
Modern Movements, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland