Kei waenganui o ngā Atua Wāhine is an audio archive that aims to affirm and honour the stories of Toi Wāhine, Atua Wāhine & Mana Wāhine. Comprising audio from ten Wāhine Māori creative practitioners, each individual shares advice they wish they had been given and offers their hopes for future generations.
The project’s kaupapa was born from a foundation of centring the voices of Wāhine Māori in art and design. Engaging with the concept of whakapapa, the project explores the possibilities of art and design when a collective voice is shared and listened to. Accompanying the audio is a publication called Kurawaka that collates excerpts from the audio archive, writings of Atua Wāhine and images and design of other Wāhine Māori practitioners. Within the limitations presented by colonial rules of book design, the publication questions the whakapapa of storing knowledge and how a book’s form may constrain audience experience. Kurawaka explores how an historically western medium can be better designed and repurposed to tell stories of this group of Wāhine Māori more appropriately.
Featuring kōrero with Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta, Qiane Matata-Sipu, Te Ara Minhinnick, Nikau Hindin, Hana Pera Aoake, Zoe Black, Heidi Brickell and Cassie Hart.