Encountering Aotearoa: In Conversation

Encountering Aotearoa: In Conversation


Past event

Meet in the exhibition


On the opening day of Cora-Allan: Encountering Aotearoa, enjoy a discussion between artist Cora-Allan (Ngāpuhi, Ngātitumutumu, Niue - Alofi, Liku) and Te Papa's curator mātauranga Māori Isaac Te Awa (Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāpuhi).

In this major body of new work, Cora-Allan reflects on her recent two-week voyage by sea around Aotearoa, from the bottom of Te Waipounamu to Te Tai Tokerau in the north. Using whenua-pigment, hiapo and other resources from the ngahere, she documented the shapes and views of the whenua of Aotearoa from the perspective of the moana. Encountering Aotearoa builds on Cora-Allan’s research into the artists and botanists aboard the Endeavour during its maiden voyage in 1769, responding to the legacy of colonial mapping and recording practices and early encounters between Māori and Pākehā.