Te Whare Pora, 2012, is a powerful statement of indigenous knowledge systems and collective creativity. It is the first work made by the four-artist Mata Aho Collective and the newest acquisition to the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection.
Mata Aho Collective is:
Erena Baker (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Raukawa; b. 1984, Palmerston North, Aotearoa New Zealand) completed a Masters of Māori Visual Arts with First Class Honours through Massey University, Palmerston North in 2009. She is currently a Lecturer in the Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University. Erena lives and works in Palmerston North.
Sarah Hudson (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe; b. 1986, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand) graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts with high distinction from Massey University, Wellington in 2010. She is an artist, mother, and curator at Te Kōputu a te Whanga a Toi Whakatāne Library & Exhibition Centre. Sarah lives and works in Whakatāne.
Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi; b. 1985, Aotearoa New Zealand) completed a Masters of Māori Visual Arts with First Class Honours at Massey University, Palmerston North and also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. She is currently co-chair of Enjoy Contemporary Art Space Trust and also co-editor of ATE Journal of Māori Art. In 2020, she will be the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago. Bridget lives and works in Wellington.
Terri Te Tau (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne ki Wairarapa; b. 1981, Sydney, Australia) completed a PhD in Creative Arts from Massey University in 2015. She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts from Massey University, Palmerston North in 2008. She recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at CARE, Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research at Massey University. Terri is currently a freelance artist and writer and lives in Pohangina Valley in the Manawatū.
The acquisition of this work has been assisted by donations to the Adam Art Gallery Development Fund.