6:30 – 8:30 pm,
Friday 4 November
Toi Matarau is proud to collaborate with Bianca Hyslop & Rowan Pierce for the opening of this year’s Kapiti Art Trail at Māoriland.
Koutou te hunga mate kua whetūrangitia, hoake, haere, whakangaro atu rā.
An intimate, ethereal and reflective art installation by Bianca Hyslop and Rowan Pierce in collaboration with Tūī Ranapiri-Ransfield, Pānia Barrett & Louisa Donnell
Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao) and artist Rowan Pierce (Pākehā) are practitioners at the forefront of their respective fields of contemporary dance and performance design.
Pōhutukawa is a series of 4 short video artworks honouring loved ones who have passed. These works were created during the rise of Matariki.
The video works are housed in an intimate, ethereal and reflective art installation which will be at the Māoriland Hub for one night only.
Kiriata tuatahi: ‘Ngā ringa kuia mau ringa moko’
Co-directors: Bianca Hyslop & Rowan Pierce in collaboration with Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield
Blurb: A kuia’s hand slowly reaches out from the darkness and moves in slow motion across the screen reaching for the hand of her moko. They find each other and take grip, the kuia starts wiriwiri, the vibration
shared with her moko. The video ends with the hands being torn away from each other.
Kiriata tuarua: ‘Te Ara Wairua’
Director: Bianca Hyslop
Blurb: A movement offering. Utilising the feathers of manu to carve space and to clear the path for our loved ones to fly free. Kia whakawātea te huarahi kia rere noa ai ō tātou tini mate i runga i te aroha.
Kiriata tuatoru: ‘Taku Hei Raureka’
Director: Louisa Donnell
Blurb: This piece is an expression of my pain and anguish as I had to leave my Grangran to die in hospital. The covid restrictions in the respiratory ward were such that they only allowed one loved one to be present at certain times. “Taku Hei Piripiri, Taku Hei Mokemoke, Taku Hei Raureka” describes my Gran as my sweet smelling adornment, because all I wanted was to hold her close to my heart.
Our elders are our treasures, and to be able to care for them in their most vulnerable state, in life but also in death, is an honour, a time of adorning and being adorned. Ka rangatira mātou i a rātou.
E kore e mutu te puna aroha ki taku māmā, āku tamariki me taku hoa tāne a Tim. E mihi kau ana ki a Toi Matarau ki Māoriland, otirā ki ngā ringatoi katoa kua whakaae mai kia whakamahia ā rātou taonga. Nā Erihapeti Mcpherson te hei kakī. Nā Hinauri Mead te korowai. Nā Greg Moffat ngā manaia tōtara. Nā Lloyd Mcpherson
te tokotoko. Nā Sonia Snowden te kete pīngao. Nā Pip Devonshire te kete kumara. Nā Louie Zalk-Neale te manu aute. Nā Maakarita Paku ngā hue me ngā ‘whāriki’. Nā Joanne Hakaraia ngā pākaiahi me te tōtara. Nā
Alilia Rangiātea Donnell rāua ko Tihei Te Pō Donnell ngā manawa – nā rāua i tuhi mō Grangran i te wā i noho ia ki te hohipera. Kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi tonu.
Kiriata tuawhā: ‘Finding my horizon’
Director: Pānia Barrett
Blurb: An acknowledgement of the 2 states of being, my crisp and clear logic and my misty, swirling emotions.
Following the passing of my parents, I was plunged into a world where death made no sense, a place where everything seemed to feel unjust. Then came the slow return of my rationale, to find that place of acceptance.