Ana Iti

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1989
Te Rarawa, Muriwhenua, Ngāpuhi, Māori

Trapped in a kiss

  • 2021
  • Single channel HD video, colour, sound, duration 9 mins 36 sec
  • Purchased 2022
  • 206 x 197mm
  • 2022/025.1-4

In' Trapped' in a kiss, Ana Iti looks at the ways Ralph Hotere (Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa) used text in his artworks, and at the histories of publishing in Aotearoa. First, Ana breathes onto a glass window at Limeworks (1987–94), the former printmaking studio in Ōtautahi where Hotere made many of his prints. Writing the word ‘hue’, meaning colour in English or gourd in te reo Māori, in the condensation, she pays tribute to Hine-pū-te-hue, the atua of musical instruments made from hue and plays on the use of breath for wind instruments. Next, Ana makes a small letterpress print of the word ‘one’ on an Albion printing press from 1866, a press similar to those used for printing early biblical texts in Māori, and by Māori for publishing newspapers and distributing political information during a time when they were fighting to keep their land. Hineahuone was the first person to breathe life; she was made from one, the clay of Kurawaka. Drawing these two scenes together, the artist considers our relationship to the breath of life and the importance of language, and asks who is the author of our histories and futures.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

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