Marae representation takes photographer global

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(Source | Waatea News) The question “can i take a photo of the marae” has sparked a Ngati Porou photographer into a wider investigation of how photography is seen in te ao Maori.

Natalie Robertson, who coordinates the Maori art and design programme at AUT University, heads for Holland today to speak at a symposium on Photography and Post Colonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art.

She says after photographing marae for more than 20 years, she’s keen to share her views with other photographic artists from around the world.

I’m interested in photography and the relationship between photographers and the marae have developed. The majority of photographs taken of our people have been taken by tauiwi, by non-Maori, so along with a number of other Maori photographers were very interested in taking control of our own representation, Ms Robertson says.

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