Tihei

Ngā Kaihanga Uku Exhibition

Date

03 Oct 2021

Cost

Free, All ages

Location

Te Kupenga Net Trust, 26 Peel Street
26 Peel Street, Gisborne

DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

NEW DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE.

Ngā Kaihanga Uku is a national collective of Māori Clay artists founded in 1987. 

Their founding aims were to work with clay from a Māori perspective, share knowledge and connections with other indigenous clay artists. 

As a collective they have exhibited nationally and internationally and established the profile of Māori ceramics both in NZ and overseas. 

The exhibition title Tihei makes reference to the legend of Tane forming the first woman Hineahuone from the clay at Kurawaka the sacred pool of Papatūānuku. On finishing his work, he breathed the enlivening hā (breath) into her nostrils. She sneezed signifying she was alive and hence the statement of self realisation  – “Tihei mauri ora!” – “I sneeze, I am alive! Iam!”

This is also used when a speaker stands and claims the right to speak. Kaihanga Uku has stood in Aotearoa and overseas and claimed the right to speak as indigenous clay artists of Aotearoa. 

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Image credit: Carla Ruka

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