The Headlands Await Your Coming
Exhibition Dates: May 4 – 31, 2013
Reception with the Artist:
Saturday 4th May
The title of this exhibition is drawn from Hone Tuwhare's poem: Song from: No Ordinary Sun. In maori tribal contexts Ahi kaa is a cornerstone principle of land rights. In an era during which urban drift and migration abroad depopulates small rural communities, the people who remain on tribal land continue the values of a centuries-old practice called ahi-kaa-roa, literally the long burning fires of occupation. Others return seasonally or when occasions call, to contribute to keeping marae 'warm' through usage.
This body of work approaches marae and surrounding tribal lands as a lived space in which intergenerational use keeps the fires burning. There is something urgent and mournful about the work. We feel something being grasped for, something pulled back into memory.
About the Artist:
Natalie Robertson (Ngati Porou, Clan Donnachaidh) is an established exhibiting photographic artist, making photographic and moving image works that explore Maori knowledge practices and cultural landscapes. A Senior Lecturer at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand, she received an MFA (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland and is enrolled in a PhD programme at Massey University researching photography in Maori contexts. Robertson's practice engages with conflicting settler and indigenous relationships to land and place. She has exhibited extensively in public institutions throughout New Zealand and internationally (including China, USA, England, France, Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Brazil, Rarotonga, Australia).
For more information on the exhibition, please visit McNamara Gallery