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Matariki 8 June - 13 July 2019

celebrating Matariki
8 June - 13 July 2019
Guest curator Maia Abraham

Matariki rises on 25th June.

In response to a successful Matariki exhibition at Masterworks in 2018, Whitu (2019) brings together work from Ōtautahi based artists Mandy Cherry Joass, Jon Jeet and Asher Newbery to further understand Matariki as a time for creative expression, celebration and whanaungatanga. Curated by Māia Abraham the space is reserved and contemplative, seeking to investigate the foundation of Matariki celebrations and speak about the importance of strong relationships within arts practice. We look forward to hosting you and your constellation of relationships in the space over the Matariki period.

Māia Abraham (Ngāi the Rangi, Tūhoe) is a curator and artist living currently in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Having moved from Katikati, he completed a BFA majoring in Sculpture from The University of Canterbury in 2017. Within his practice he uses art and curating as a way of exploring kaupapa Māori ways of thinking and working; asking how does manaakitanga exist in the arts? Or perhaps why is whanaungatanga important to the artistic process? Māia is one of the 3 kaiwhakahaere of Ōtautahi Kōrerotia, a collective producing events and exhibitions for and by local Christchurch artists. He was the Toi Māori and Creative New Zealand Māori Art intern at Blue Oyster Art Project Space for 2018, producing the exhibition 'Wā o mua'. 

Please join us and Maia to celebrate the opening of this exhibition on Saturday 8th June from 3-5pm.

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