Reimagining Maori identity in Art
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This project explores the art environment as a constructor of identity and a potential site of misrepresentation in relation to indigenous identities. These representations have created a viewing perception, and lend position to those in focus as the ‘object’ of viewing; I explore these perceptions taking an interest in the touristic perspectives. Working with a Kaupapa to develop the voice of Maori in the construction of new representations and identities, I use a multi-disciplinary body of work with a focus on participatory art forms and performance based installations that are translated forms. The research is approached from tikanga Maori perspectives of learning and values Maori concepts and ways of knowing.