Kia ora e hoa mā!
My name is Arapeta and I have been working on a collaborative
art project with my whānau (family) for the past year called 'Nga
uri o te tai'. Meaning the offspring of the tide, the project seeks
to document the living practices of my whānau as people of
moana-nui-a-kiwa, people of the Pacific Ocean.
We had an amazing first exhibition in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland,
and we are wanting to take the exhibition back to our kāinga (home)
of Whangateau, Aotearoa.
To give you some insight on our first exhibition, my whānau and
I had created three film works that documented our practices of
fishing, diving for seafood, and very badly surfing - and was
presented in an immersive installation. Nonetheless it was a
beautiful time making the work and we treated everyone at the
exhibition with KAIMOANA (SEAFOOD) FROM OUR HOME!
We are taking the exhibition back home and things are getting
BIGGER! MUCH BIGGER!
We are seeking funds that will help us to cover our venue hire,
costs to re-film and shoot new film works, and transportation of
Māori taonga (highly prized family cultural objects).
The exhibition is already becoming more community driven and is
for community near and far!
We hope you can help us and in return we can host this project
with a beautiful feed of KAIMOANA!