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Mobile Māori weaving exhibition arrives in Titirangi

Kit-Set Whanaungatanga, 2017 (detail), harakeke, Teri dyes. Collection of the artist and weaving collaborators. Photo: Mark Tantrum
diy-DNA, 2017, harakeke, muka. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum. Photo: Mark Tantrum
Te Uru is pleased to present a suite of three installations by renowned sculptor and weaver, Maureen Lander, whose exhibition Flat-Pack Whakapapa opens at Te Uru in Titirangi on 11 August.


Mobile Māori weaving exhibition arrives in Titirangi

Te Uru is pleased to present a suite of three installations by renowned sculptor and weaver, Maureen Lander, whose exhibition Flat-Pack Whakapapa opens at Te Uru in Titirangi on 11 August.

Building on the notion that our whakapapa (ancestry) is always with us, Maureen Lander’s installations can be packed down into individual woven pieces: easily carried around, reconfigured and added onto later. This approach symbolises how whakapapa grows with us, and how our genealogy is inherited by our descendants, who continue our lines of heritage. 

“Maureen Lander is a pivotal figure in developing raranga and other fibre-based practices within the field of contemporary art”, says Te Uru Director Andrew Clifford. “She has been an important mentor to many artists and has shown the continued relevance these crafts have in our ever-changing world.”

“Te Uru has a long history of working with weavers, including Maureen Lander. We were jealous when we heard about this great project Maureen has developed with The Dowse, so we’re excited to be bringing it to Titirangi”.

Flat-Pack Whakapapa also explores the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Māori weaving). Approaching these forms of human connection from a matauranga Māori perspective (Māori knowledge), Lander engages with weaving techniques—including whiri (braiding) and whakairo (patterning)—and the concept of aho tuku iho (ancestral lines handed down continuously from generation to generation).

The exhibition at Te Uru will also include two new installations made in collaboration with local weavers and school children. Developed both during and over the course of the exhibition, these new works continue Lander’s interest in how to address customary ideas in relevant ways for newer generations.

Flat-Pack Whakapapa is developed and toured by The Dowse Art Museum, who presented the exhibition in Lower Hutt, Wellington in 2017.

Flat-Pack Whakapapa runs at Te Uru from 11 August – 18 November 2018
Exhibition opening: Saturday 11 August, 4pm

Artist Talk with Maureen Lander: Saturday 11 August, 3pm


Hours: 10am – 4.30pm daily
Address: 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

Further information: 

About the artist:

Dr. Maureen Lander (Te Hikutu, Ngapuhi) is a multi-media installation artist who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1986. From the early 1990’s until 2007 Maureen taught Māori Material Culture courses at the University of Auckland. She has a Doctorate in Fine Arts (DFA) from Elam School of Fine Arts and her contemporary artwork draws inspiration from woven fibre pieces in museum collections and early illustrations. 

Since her retirement from teaching Maureen has continued to make and exhibit her artwork, mainly in the form of large fibre installations such as Aho Kura Huna in Te Papa’s cloak exhibition, Kahu Ora during 2012. In the lead up to this exhibition she was a contributing researcher and writer for the publication Whatu Kakahu: Maori Cloaks, Te Papa Press 2011. Over recent years Maureen has been on several artist’s residencies in New Zealand and Australia where much of her artwork has been collaborative and has involved varying degrees of community engagement as part of the process. During February 2017 she was one of the artists selected for Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf for which she created a socially engaged participatory artwork titled Mahi Kara: Fun with Flags.


About Te Uru:

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery is West Auckland's regional gallery. Te Uru is an institution locally rooted in West Auckland but globally minded. Through our programmes, we create a world stage for art that is relevant to West Aucklanders, to put local art, artists and ideas in conversation and context with national and international developments in contemporary practice. As a destination gallery, Te Uru operates from an award-winning building in the recently re-opened Lopdell Precinct. The gallery originally opened in 1986 in the historic Lopdell House building in the heart of Titirangi, gateway to the Waitākere rain forest and en route to Auckland's famous west coast beaches. We reopened as Te Uru in 2014 in new purpose-built facilities, offering extraordinary exhibitions and spectacular views of the surrounding area. Te Uru receives core funding from the Waitākere Ranges Local Board of Auckland Council.

For more information, contact:

Te Uru 09 818 8087




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Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery

25 Jul 2018

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