Dunedin artist Hana Aoake in her installation Pania;;;Parahitiki at V-Space in the University of Otago College of Education and Otago Polytechnic's Robertson Library yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
An identity crisis has a Dunedin artist putting down roots in
the University of Otago College of Education and Otago
Polytechnic's Robertson Library this week.
''I'm appropriating the Pania of the Reef sculpture,
to examine my cultural dislocation from being and feeling
Maori,'' Dunedin artist Hana Aoake said yesterday.
''I'm interested in both sides of my family and I have a
complicated post-colonial identity. It's an ethnography based
on me feeling like a plastic Maori.''
The work features Aoake (24) draped in her grandmother's
blanket, surrounded by rocks her father got from mines he
worked in and botanic samples collected from places around
New Zealand where the artist has lived.
''I'm interested in ecological imperialism and the complexity
of post-colonial identities and how the settlers unsettled
the equilibrium everywhere they went,'' she said.
''I've been working as a florist and gardener for the last
two years and have been learning a lot about weeds and
natives. I have pieces of plants from each of the cities I've
been spending time in: Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and
The performance also features a video of Aoake humming
Pokarekare Ana in the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
Pania;;;Parahitiki is on at the Robertson Library
V-Space from 1pm to 3pm until Friday.
Aoake and V-Space curator Ted Whitaker will give a talk at