Pōneke-based artist Matt Tini (Waikato, Ngaati Tiipa, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu) is an early career artist and recent Masters of Fine Arts graduate from Massey University, Wellington.
Matt’s lens centred practice explores expressions of cultural agency and contemporary Maaori experience, reflecting on the historical representations of Maaori and other Indigenous people by European artists.
Simulating and disrupting the external codes that have come to signify Indigenous identity, Matt’s practice challenges restrictive notions of authenticity and embraces the multiplicity of contemporary Maaori identity.
Recent exhibitions include After the Romantic 2022 at Meanwhile, Takitini 2022 at play_station and re-coding the native 2023 at Jhana Millers.
06 – 17 June 2023
- Kuiikui Bar
- Te Auaha Gallery
Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāpuhi
I am a Multidisciplinary Artist originally from Turanganui-a-kiwa and have spent the last 20 years residing in Te Whanganui-a-tara. I have always appreciated the vibrant, creative energy present in Pōneke, and can credit much of who I am as an Artist to this beautiful city.
I am honoured to be curating the Visual Arts programme this year for Kia Mau Festival, 6 – 17 June. My intention is to exhibit tangata whenua and tangata moana Artists, who I admire and who have a strong connection to Pōneke, to showcase their mahi toi within the city landscape we love and are inspired by. Pōneke will be humming during the Kia Mau Festival, with emerging and established Artists working in many different Artforms presented in participating locations around the city.
Advocating the energy we as Artists give back to this space and time. Kia Mau Festival is a special event where we as indigenous Artists of all disciplines can come together and celebrate each other.