Kia ora Everybody,
I hope you are all having a good break and keeping warm in our of late wicked weather. I would just like to congradulate everyone on their awesome mahi that made up the showcase for the Mata Ariki Exhibition at Toihoukura on last Thursday night.
An unusual thing that happened on the day – in my four years I’ve never seen such a marvellous way to celebrate Mataariki. That was because we were greeted before the opening of our Mata Ariki Exhibition by an inspiring Guest Speaker/ Artist/ Carver – Lyonel Grant who discussed bringing together traditional methods of creating into a contemporary context which was based on an article written for the German publication “Modern Music for Ancestral Ears.”
I am very grateful to have heard him speak that night and view some of his work through images on screen – what a way to observe a traditionally taught man create and develop these teachings into contemporary art forms. This was an inspiration in itself for me to continue learning, practising and creating. Thank you Toihoukura for organising such a beautiful event.
Once the lecture finished the floor was opened with karakia, korero and waiata. A few of my fellow students were asked to give a brief korero about their works which gave a chance for the audience to connect with the artist and their work. Ka pai koutou! You were fabulous. Featured below is my friend and fellow colleauge in her 3rd year BA Degree – Christie Patumaka discussing her culturally infused korero for these artworks displayed.
Unfortunately that was where I finished taking photos – but if you want to see more you can visit the Toihoukura page on facebook or check out Karla Porou’s page – they captured some beautiful moments that night. By the way the Catalogues made for the exhibition were awesome – Thanks Erena, Ruth and those that contributed to making them – I got my copy.. lol..Take care over the holidaes people and Enjoy!!