Natasha Matila-Smith

Verge Gallery Sydney Exhibition 2018

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Hello lovely potential supporters,

As Pacific/Māori/indigenous/mixed-race heritage artists with life experiences that can attest to this claim, we (Louisa Afoa, Natasha Matila-Smith and Molly Rangiwai-McHale) acknowledge that the brown body is inherently political. Collectively, we have artistic practices that deal with self-representation and marginalised communities, though not necessarily bearing any resemblance to other artists and/or works of the past. 

We are pretty excited to take our works to Australia as we've been selected to be part of the 2018 Verge Gallery exhibition programme in Sydney. This is a huge step for us, as we are stepping into an international conversation about self-representation and ideas about the body. We will be exhibiting with international artists Marikit Santiago and Nicole Barakat, opening on 28 February, coinciding with O-Week and International Women's Day, so we have a real opportunity to connect with people we would not be able to meet with otherwise. 

We need to buy tickets ASAP, to keep them as cheap as poss. We, as individuals, don't have a lot of expendable income, and we are aiming for a small amount. Our goal is to raise $1675 for flights for the three of us, and any additional money will go towards accomodation and material costs. (Sydney is just across the ditch but it's bloody expensive mate!) 

It might seem like something people do all the time, but it's quite a big deal for us to go over to Australia and start exhibiting in an 'international' realm so we really really need a bit of help, just to get over there! The rest, we are pretty good with coming up with artworks. We're artists. Between us, we have a few uni degrees and a pretty good CV of exhibitions and writing works, so we think this will be a really amazing exhibition. Just need a little help from you, if you can! Any little bit helps. 

From your mates,

Louisa, Molly & Natasha. 






    Hi again lovely Boosted supporters, 


    A final update from us, now that things have slowed down a bit. We really wanted to thank everyone earlier but really wanted some things to share with our funders before commenting. You can find images of our exhibition here:

    A huge thank you again from us to all the people that were generous enough to help (and this isn't exclusively financial!) with our Boosted campaign. It's still really heartwarming to have not only that financial support, but also the moral support, from both loved ones and total strangers. It was such a valuable experience as artists and humans.

    We had a really wonderful experience together, installing the work and spending time as a group in a foreign place. We met some really amazing people and are so glad to have been part of such a great series of exhibitions. We think when you stay in a 0-1 star hostel that you can really bond! On the other hand, we could have ended up really sick of each other. But we didn't. We had an amazing whirlwind journey with awesome travel buddies and we've each come away with a genuinely lifechanging experience. 


    Thank you so much! 

    Louisa, Molly & Natasha. 


  • Please help us make our total goal of $3700!


    A super H U G E thank you to everyone that has donated and helped us to reach our goal so far!!! We love you and we are eternally grateful for the support -- in whatever form it has come! Honestly let us know what we can do to repay your kindness! Thank you so much for taking the time to share our campaign and/or to donate. We know not everyone is in the position to help us but they did anyway and for your love and support of our project, we are so so touched.

    We will definitely be getting on that plane! But we still need just a little bit more financial coverage.  Our ultimate goal is $3700. This will help us to cover our accomodation and our material costs for art works. We each are trying to come up with money as well, but TBH we each have bills to pay and need every cent to cover our bills at home while we're away.


    Again, thank you so much. <3 <3 <3

    Louisa, Molly & Natasha.


    Please help us make our total goal of $3700!
  • Thank you friends and supporters :)


    It's day 6 and we are sitting at 41% of our goal target. We just want to say we are so so grateful and much aroha to you all for your love and support. We really are quite overwhelmed with your genorosity.  Like, really. We've received really heartwarming messages and the overall response is really positive so we know we're onto a good thing. If you could continue to help us share the word and get our plight out there, we would really appreciate it!  



    Louisa, Molly & Natasha. 


    Here are a few nifty links where you can check out our works, with more to be added later! :D 

    Natasha's current exhibition:

    Molly's personal website:

    An interview with Louisa on the Wireless: 


    Thank you friends and supporters :)