Pushing the boundaries of contemporary Māori art, Artspace Aotearoa in association with the Auckland Arts Festival presents the debut solo exhibition Ōtairongo, by artist Maree Sheehan. In Ōtairongo, Sheehan seeks to interpret and represent the identity of wāhine Māori through audio-portraiture, experienced within the realm of Hineraukatauri. Ōtairongo will be the first exhibition to be presented in the new Artspace Aotearoa gallery on the ground floor of Karangahape Road.

Opening Friday 6 March, Ōtairongo presents portraits of three mana wahine Māori - Moana Maniapoto, Te Rita Papesch and Ramon Te Wake through the use of immersive binaural sound-capture technologies. These works are presented in darkness, elevating aural perception and approaching a renegotiation of how wāhine Māori might be interpreted and represented.

“Ōtairongo is a way of expressing immersion into what is heard and felt above, outside and within. It also embraces what reverberates in between, as the frequencies vibrate, resound, echo, ring and subtly shift along trajectories and continuums of awareness.” - Maree Sheehan.

“Ōtairongo by Maree Sheehan presents an exciting opportunity to rethink and reconsider the scope of contemporary Māori art. The artist’s sonic portraiture project allows for new readings and understandings about representation that highlights the seen and unseen worlds of Māori knowledge in new ways.” - Nigel Borell.