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Interview Posted Jul 8, 2021
By Israel Randell
A person in their 20's sits in front of three neon lit pink sculptures which are hung on the wall. The panels look like digital versions of the traditional Māori tukutuku panelKauri Wharewera in front of Tuku ka rere (2020) installed as part of the group show Matatau 2020, Te Manawa, Palmerston North (2020)

“I’m paying homage to all the things that we shouldn’t forget about, you know?” - Kauri Wharewera

Curator Israel Randell talks to Kauri Wharewera about his Matariki commission for Masons Screen entitled Te Kahui o Matariki. They discuss the meaning of each Matariki star represented in the video work, and consider the potential of contemporary media to tell indigenous stories.