My thoughts on Matariki

A contribution to an article by Mark Amery titled ‘Taking Stock at Matariki’ on the Big Idea contributors page:   “Toitū he kāinga, whatu ngarongaro he tangata”   My name is Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka. I am Ngati Pakau, Ngapuhi, Waitaha Iwi. I am an artist and designer and I moved from Auckland…

TE TAIAO

Photographs from the opening of Te Taiao Exhibition courtesy of Franklin Arts Centre: (more images from the opening can be seen on their facebook page.) The exhibition includes works by Franklin based artist Fred Graham (Ngāti Koroki, Kahukura, Raukawa), Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Ngā Puhi, Ngati Pakau, Waitaha) and the Pukekohe High School…

Tititea (Mt. Aspiring)

  (image: Folding Mountains – paper & ink) There is an ancient whakatauki (Maori proverb): Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain This whakatauki is about aiming high for what is…

workshop? – funday!

I was offered a fantastic opportunity to take part in a workshop with Caroline Robinson of Cabal. We met and worked with 62 Indonesian artists, curators, writers, art historians, dancers, filmmakers. The plan was to make work from natural resources found on site simply based on the elements water, earth, fire, wind, love & the in…

te awa kairangi

back to ‘the source of all life..’ The end of the moon’s cycle signified the end of my time shared with Te Awakairangi river. I decided it would be good to film Mum performing a karakia to the river on returning the water. In the past I have refrained from recording this part of my…

* ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au

* ‘I am the river and the river is me’ – (whakatauki – Māori proverb)  Learning from the river 4am in the ‘tohunga hours’ I sit with Te Awakairangi. This river is known by local Māori as ‘the source of all life’. My aim was to take a sample of the river and work with…

‘i want to be where i am’

exhibition opening night ‘Whenua (l^ndscape reclamation) | Mākutu #1 Mt Taranaki’ installation shot         symposium ‘Phantom Topologies’ with artists Jake Atienza & Shannon Te Ao discussing art & community  

Phantom Topologies

   2016 Symposium Exhibition: ‘I want to be where I am’ My work ‘Whenua (l^ndscape reclamation) | makutu #1 Mt Taranaki’ will be showing at the Engine Room Gallery Tue 8th September with Martha Atienza.     Link to full details of the artist week here: Circuit 2016 Symposium | Phantom Topologies Symposium: Phantom Topologies…

Sitting with Mountains

(image video still) Film documentation: ‘Makutu #2: Rangipo | Sitting with Mountains.’ Split Screen HD video 10:35 mins   This work is a continuation of the Makutu series and the following text is documentation of my experience in the desert.   I walked out into the wild grasses and sat down. Behind me a bomb…

How to save a Mountain with a Rake./?/!

‘Whenua <l^ndscape reclamation> | Mākutu #1 Mt Taranaki’ 2 x projection & sound installation   Landscape! HD video + sound 7:02 mins Taranaki HD video + sound 8:32 mins 2016 During the Matariki Festival at Mangere Arts Centre | Ngā Tohu o Uenuku 7th June – 16th July 2016  with Terri Te Tau’s  ‘Unwarranted Unregistered’  …

Unfolding Kaitiakitanga

Shifting the Institutional Space with Biculturalism   The publication for the group exhibition ‘Since 1984’ curated by Martin Langdon. Artists including myself: Waikare Komene, Johnson Witehira, Tanya Ruka, Rik Wilson, Elisapeta Heta, Sarah Hudson, Will Ngakuru, Ammon Ngakuru, Rangituhia Hollis, Jeremy Leatinu’u. The exhibition was held at St Paul St Gallery  17 April – 22…