Focusing on Māori connections to place and the concepts of indigenous narrative and non-human agency, Ashleigh Taupaki will create a responsive installation of four welded vessels that will house different sands from significant beaches where Taupaki’s people have resided, Opoutere, Onemana, Whangamata and Whiritoa. Within the installation at the Yu Mei flagship in Newmarket (opening in February 2021), Taupaki will create a large-scale print of her poetry that ruminates on resonances of space, spirituality and connection to land, which audience members can take away with them.
This new work has been commissioned with the generous support of Yu Mei.
Image: Ashleigh Taupaki, Matā, 2020, installation detail, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.