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, 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.
A person reads a book aloud, sitting on the edge of a bath. One of three-part series that looks at loneliness and desire.
A person sits in a public space scrolling through their phone. One video of a three-part series.
Natasha Matila-Smith considers disembodied displays of emotion in the online world, often looking at the tropes of romance.