Ngā Kaupapa e Whakatinanatia ana (Current Projects in Practice)

Fibre & Tikanga

Researchers: Donna Campbell

Project Summary: My research investigates the connections between theory and praxis in Māori fibre arts exploring site, issue and response. The artwork or the experience of the work as a site of knowledge engages with the narratives of whakapapa through materials and praxis. My research interest is the transmission of the narratives of whakapapa, and how these connect maker, materials, artefact and users in ways that conform to the continuum of identity. Critical analysis of the positioning of customary weaving in a contemporary context underpins the creation of sculptural works that navigate the bi-cultural interface, gender politics and the indigenous/western aesthetic. Current projects include still/moving image fusion with performance aspects of costume and constructed identity.

Keywords: Tikanga, fibre arts, whakapapa, identity, imagery, performance.