Emily Parr / Arielle Walker

Mahuru (2021)

24 min 55 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

Mahuru follows the work tōu tauira me tōu kaiako (2021) and is another maramataka cycle realised in text and video by the two artists.

This work is a visual correspondence between Parr and Walker made during the 2021 rāhui in Tāmaki Makaurau, where the populace of the city were required to stay at home. Tūī, rock pools, clouds in the sky, the suburbs on daily walks—this work visualises the passing of days and the limits of the lockdown restrictions.

One of the artists writes, “Much of lockdown does seem like a strange dream,” and this work has a gentle dream-like quality. Related images and themes appear as the artists move around their limited space, noticing, recording, and reflecting on the natural and built world around them.

This work was first exhibited at Kū Kahiko, a gallery run by Moana Fresh in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Other works in this series

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