Wellington artist Ana Iti (Te Rarawa) investigates the process of imbuing land and geology with cultural and personal meaning.
Kairauhī Whakaaturanga, Exhibition Curator Meredith Robertshawe
Ka rangahau a Ana Iti, uri o Te Rarawa e noho ana i Te Whanganui-a-Tara, i ngā pūtake whenua mā ngā kōrero tuku iho me ngā kōrero hoki ka puea i hāna mahi.
Ka uia e Iti te whenua i tana tāreitanga e kīia ana ko beyond the ash cloud, arā, e iri ana i te takiwā Open Window o te whare pīataata, mā ngā mahara me ngā kaupapa tōrangapū. Mā tana rangahau me te whakapuaki i hōna ake kupu, kitea ai ngā tukanga papawhenua, ngā tūpuna Māori, ngā hanganga whare me ngā rori i runga ake i te whenua.
Ka āta whakapapatia e Iti te uku i kohikohia e ia mai i tōna whenua tupu i te ākau o Matauri i te Tai-tokerau; he one hoki i tuhaina i ngā mounga puia o Oākura, i kohikohia e te ringatoi nei. He tangi o taiao ka rangona mai i te wā i kohikohia te uku me te one nei hoki.
Ka kawea tonutia e beyond the ash cloud te rangahau a te ringatoi i ngā matū whenua nei me te tuitui ki ngā tikanga e hāngai pū ana ki a ia. Ka hangaia he kōrero hei whakaahua i ngā motuhanga, i ngā herenga rānei ki te whenua.
Ka tukuna e Ana rāua ko Meredith te aumihi o te aroha ki a Wharehoka Wano rātou ko Keith Manukonga ko Ngāti Tairi hoki.
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington-based artist Ana Iti (Te Rarawa) researches and explores ideas of whenua (‘land’) through her personal interpretations of traditional stories and contested narratives in her work.
In Iti’s installation for the Gallery’s Open Window project space, beyond the ash cloud, she undertakes a poetic enquiry into whenua/land, through memory and politics. Her new text works combine found texts with her own words to explore the layering of geologic processes, Māori ancestral beings, industrial structures and city streets over landscapes.
Iti then layers clay collected from her ancestral family homeland near Matauri Bay in Northland and gifted to her, with earth she collected from pyroclastic and laharic flow outcrops around coastal Oākura, along with a field recording of atmospheric sounds recorded while collecting this earth.
beyond the ash cloud continues the artist’s investigation of what happens when materials are imbued with personal meaning and placed in dialogue with each other, emphasising a simultaneous dislocation from, and connection to, the land.
The artist and curator wish to thank Wharehoka Wano, Keith Manukonga and Ngāti Tairi.