Rematriation, a programme of moving image works by contemporary Māori artists curated by CIRCUIT’s Kaitiaki Kiriata Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka, has its premiere screening this Waitangi Weekend at the Len Lye Cinema, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, in Ngāmotu New Plymouth.
Sunday 4 February, 1pm: Buy tickets here
Tuesday 6 February, 11am: Buy tickets here
me aro koe ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one
Take heed the breath of Hine-ahu-one
Curated by Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka and commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Moving Image, this screening programme delves into the profound theme of Indigenous rematriation, a concept which proposes restoration of balance, harmony, and connection to the land through a whakapapa of wahine knowledge.
Rematriation includes work by five contemporary Māori artists:
Tia Barrett (Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Tamainupō, Ngāti Maniapoto)
Bobby Luke (Ngāti Ruanui)
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Ngati Pakau, Ngapuhi)
Sandy Wakefield (Ngapuhi, Ngāi Tahu)
Keri-Mei Zagrobelna (Whānau-ā- Apanui and Te Āti Awa)
Each work visualises the intrinsic, ethereal, and ineffable narratives woven throughout Te Ao Māori.
For viewers, Rematriation seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by Indigenous communities, whilst affirming ongoing efforts to restore and preserve Indigenous cultural identities on a spiritual level.
Facing the many contemporary political, historical, and environmental issues in Aotearoa and the world today, the five films in Rematriation continue conversations about decolonisation, cultural continuity, and the shared responsibility of nurturing a more inclusive and equitable world. Together they celebrate the transformative power of Rematriation as a celebration of identity, resilience, and the enduring connection between people and the land they call home.
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka is CIRCUIT’s Kaitiaki Kiriata for 2024, a new curatorial position which supports a Māori curator to present artists video in contexts framed by Te Ao Māori.