May 13, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

A digital photography exhibition by Ngati Porou East Coast students opens

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Ahi Kaa: Through Our Eyes. A digital photography exhibition by Ngati Porou East Coast students opens this Friday 6th August at 6pm at Toihoukura, a leading Maori art institute located in Gisborne.

This inaugural exhibition features exciting new digital art works by rangatahi from Ngati Porou East Coast secondary schools. The images are the students visual interpretation of the kaupapa Ahi Kaa, as seen from their own perspective. One of the stunning digital photographs selected for the exhibition can be viewed on the invitation attachment.

The exhibition is curated by Steve Gibbs, principal tutor of Toihoukura, and organised by E Tipu E Rea (ETER) the Te Runanga o Ngati Porou/Ministry of Education Partnership.

The images selected for the exhibition are the artistic creations of rangatahi attending secondary schools within the Ngati Porou rohe: Tolaga Bay Area School, Kuranui, Ngata Memorial College, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou, and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti.

Ahi Kaa loosely translates as People who keep the home fires burning. The students participating in the exhibition have interpreted this theme through multi-faceted perspectives. The images reflect not only the world they inhabit, but also their understanding of their place within it.

The exhibition is supported by : Te Runanga o Ngati Porou, Ministry of Education, Toihoukura, UNESCO NZ & Creative Communities.

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