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Whenua at Refinery ArtSpace

Vicki Lenihan, Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti, Alix Ashworth, Caitlin Donnelly, Mya Morrison-Middleton:
E honoa ana mātou mā te whakapapa; he whānui mātou. He uri mātou o Tahu Pōtiki i kōnei.
We are connected by whakapapa; we are family. We are Ngāi Tahu.
Whenua – meaning both land and placenta – connects us to Papatūānuku: we are all children of her womb. Whenua binds us to our place in the world. Because we are from and of the whenua, we belong. As Ngāi Tahu object-based artists, we have a powerful attachment to our whenua; it nourishes and validates our mana, mauri and wairua while we do the same for it: every decision, every action we undertake is inextricably intertwined with the health and future of our whenua and of us. This collection of works explores our connection to whenua, to our place in Aotearoa and Te Waipounamu.

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