Tēna koe! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Jaimie (James) Waititi
Jaimie (James) Waititi (Te Whānau a Apanui, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is a multidisciplinary, gender fluid artist who works within performance, regalia, lens-based media, image making, sound and installation. Their work explores the environment, racial and cultural politics and the gender and queer spectrum. They are obsessed with tipuna matāuranga (ancient Māori stories) and exploring these narratives through modern methods of storytelling. Jaimie is a member of SaVAge K’Lub, issheboys, Th3 Order and the Arts Laureate winning interdisciplinary collective FAFSWAG.
During their 2020 Tautai Fale-ship, Jaimie considered how Moana artists are positioned around decolonisation – and how they can reposition themselves to centre tīpuna, rather than colonisation. This repositioning, referred to as ReMoanification (or ReMāorification), is a form of reclaiming sovereignty and has become a central part of Jaimie’s practice.
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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery till September 25th
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm