This book is a collection of essays on contemporary Māori artists working in a range of media, from customary art, weaving and carving to painting and sculpture, film, video and photography.
Smith, H. (Ed.). Taiāwhio: Conversations with Contemporary Māori Artists. Wellington: Te Papa Press, 2002.
All artists have a complicated relationship with tradition, but that relationship is even more complex for Māori artists. This applies particularly to those who work in a non-traditional media or who amalgamate customary knowledge with international styles and artistic philosophies.
Huhana Smith (Ngāti Tukorehe, Raukawa kit e Tonga) investigates the artistic practice and sources of inspiration of each artist, looking at the development of their work, showing illustrations of the artist at work in the studio and providing both a sense of the full range of artistic work and the environment in which that work is created. As well as established names, Taiāwhio also includes a number of emerging artists, giving insight into the people who create the Māori visual culture of the future.
This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.