Join us for a panel discussion with Elisapeta Heta, Senior Associate Architect at Jasmax and artists Sosefina Andy and Yonel Watene, as they examine a number of contemporary architectural issues with reference to the artists’ works in Te Tuhi’s current exhibition, Rebellious Modernities.

Covering topics ranging from the pervasive housing shortage in Aotearoa to indigenous building practices and the repurposing of materials, Heta, Watene and Andy will together discuss architecture situated from the perspective of memory, precariousness and auto-construction.

Guests are invited to stay on after the discussion for Yonel Watene’s performance, Labour of love (saving money cutting corners), 2019 within Te Tuhi’s Iris Fisher Gallery.

About the speakers:

Elisapeta Heta (Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui) is a poet, artist and Senior Associate and Kaihautū Whaihanga (Māori Design Leader) at architecture firm Jasmax. Heta is one of the founding members of Waka Māia, Jasmax’s team of dedicated design professionals who specialise in engaging mana whenua and applying the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles. She is also a core member of Architecture+Women and has served for three years as Ngā Aho representative on the Council of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA). She is passionate about architecture and design that is driven by place-based understanding.

Sosefina Andy (b. Sāmoa) graduated with a Masters of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in 2018. She was the inaugural recipient of Te Papa’s Helen Hitchings scholarship for postgraduate fine art students in 2017. Andy’s artistic practice focuses on the role of craft-making as a mode of adaptation that is driven by generational knowledge passed down from ancestors.

Artist Yonel Watene (b. Tāmaki Makaurau) is of Māori (Ngāti Maru (Hauraki)) and Greek descent. Watene’s practice is defined by a relentless desire to experiment with different styles and mediums, drawing from a wide variety of art historical, musical, cultural and autobiographical sources.