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Maureen Lander: Flat-Pack Whakapapa

11 Aug 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

  • Maureen Lander, Kit-Set Whanaungatanga, 2017 (detail). Collection of the artist. Photo: Mark Tantrum
  • Maureen Lander, Kit-Set Whanaungatanga, 2017 (detail). Collection of the artist. Photo: Mark Tantrum

Saturday 11 August 2018, 3.00pm - Sunday 18 November 2018, 4.30pm

  • Artist talk: Sat 11 Aug, 3pm
  • Exhibition opening: Sat 11 Aug, 4pm
  • Regular gallery hours: 10am-4.30pm daily

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

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Just as whakapapa (genealogy) reflects someone’s lineage and biology, the starting line of a kete determines how its patterning and size will develop.

In Flat-Pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander has created three installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Māori weaving).

Approaching these forms of human connection from a matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) perspective, Lander engages with weaving techniques—including whiri (braiding) and whakairo (patterning)—and the concept of aho tuku iho (ancestral lines handed down continuously from generation to generation).

Building on the notion that our whakapapa is always with us, Lander’s installations can be packed down into individual weavings: easily carried around, reconfigured and added onto later. Her approach symbolises how whakapapa grows with us, and how our genealogy is inherited by our descendants, who continue our heritage lines.

This representation of whakapapa as mobile supports the idea that despite whanau migrating away from their turangawaewae (the place they belong to through their whakapapa), hapu and iwi into the wider world, their birthright means they always carry their culture with them.

Flat-Pack Whakapapa will also include two new installations made in collaboration with local weavers and school children. Developed both during and over the course of the exhibition, these new works continue Lander’s interest in how to address customary ideas in a relevant way for a new generation.

Developed and toured by The Dowse Art Museum.

Artist Talk: Maureen Lander | Sat 11 Aug, 3pm | FREE

Join us for a talk with artist Maureen Lander on Saturday 11 August at 3pm, ahead of the exhibition opening at 4pm.

About Maureen Lander

Maureen Lander was born in Rawene in the Hokianga and has both Scottish and Ngapuhi ancestry. Lander graduated from Wellington Teachers Training College in 1963, and attended Elam School of Fine Art graduating with a BFA in Photography in 1987. She gained her MFA (Hons) in 1993 and is a PhD candidate for a Doctoral degree in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

She has been an advisory member for numerous fibre exhibitions, including Te Aho Tapu (The Sacred Thread) at the Auckland Museum and was a part of the consultancy group for the exhibition Purangiahao: Seeing Clearly. Maureen has conducted research in Maori cloak-making, tukutuku, Maori feather adornment and Maori mokihi (rafts).