New Maori art by two emerging Maori women artists
Megan Tamati-Quennell, Ayesha Green and Ana Iti
Curator of Modern & Contemporary Māori and Indigenous Art at the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Modern & contemporary Māori & Indigenous Art Curator Megan Tamati-Quennell, Te Atiawa, Ngati Mutunga, Ngai Tahu and Kati Mamoe, in conversation with two younger artists who are making an impact in New Zealand and in the field of contemporary Māori art. Ayesha Green, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu is a painter based Tāmaki Makaurau, she has won a series of art awards and although only graduating from Art school in 2013, has been included in major shows, her work acquired for collections throughout the country and is undertaking the first public sculpture that references the mana whenua, the iwi/Māori people of Otakou/Dunedin. Ana Iti of Te Rarawa descent based in Dunedin is sculptor, who also has text and video practice. Ana graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from Massey University in 2018. She has also received critical attention for her work and has been the recipient of important commissions at Toi o Tamaki and the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and been the recipient of the prestigious McCahon House residency, in New Zealand and the inaugural Indigenous Art Exchange residency in Canberra. The artists will introduce their practices and in conversation with Megan will explore the context they are working in, where and how they feel they and contemporary Maori art is positioned, and what the pressures and the opportunities that positioning brings.