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Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu Web (Full Length Episodes) – 2017 Arts/Culture Māori

Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu

Web (Full Length Episodes) – 2017 Arts/Culture Māori

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This web series profiles nine Ngāi Tahu artists, all working in different mediums. Weavers Reihana Parata and Morehu Flutey-Henare, and carver Fayne Robinson use traditional designs and materials like flax, feathers, stone, pounamu and wood, while conceptual artist Nathan Pohio uses 'found' objects like old photographs, presenting them in different contexts so they speak to a new audience. From photographer Fiona Pardington's 'memento mori' imagery to painter Simon Kaan's serene landscapes, each artist draws inspiration from the land and its wairua (spirit).

Our ancestors created images that are for me, perfect. I'm inspired to try and reach the perfection that they reached — that's what drives me and my art.
– Artist and designer Ross Hemera draws inspiration from ancient art forms