51 years after her first solo show, Robyn Kahukiwa presents a rich array of new paintings in which she explores longstanding concerns with great freshness and conviction.
The Sovereign Māori Nations series reflects her dedication to protest and advocacy, calling down the motu to the group show Wāhine Māori: Te Toi o te Ātetenga at Te Waka Huia o Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho Wellington Museum. The poetic Pepeha series speaks of the importance of whakapapa, and of sustaining and deepening connections to tīpuna, mokopuna, and tūrangawaewae. Pātai ki ngā Poutū o te Whare, Ka Whakaahua a Hinetītama ki a Hinenuitepō, and Tīwaiwaka echo Kahukiwa’s important Wāhine Toa series from the 1980s. They point to the enduring significance of pūrākau, and emphasise the artist’s deep commitment to platforming the experiences of wāhine Māori.