This series of photographs recall the artist's whakapapa (genealogical) ties to Tūhoe iwi (tribe) and Te Urewera region in the eastern Bay of Plenty. Titled taku tūhoe tana, the suite of images capture significant landmarks, events and moments specific to Tūhoe tribal history. The artist interlaces historical images with contemporary photographs to reflect a connection to the past while locating the conversation in the present. We see this connection echoed with photographs in which parts of the body act like a form of self-portraiture that locate the artist in a Tūhoe narrative.
For Ratana, this suite of C-type photographic prints with their custom-made oak frames, echo those found in the Māori meeting houses of the early 1900s at a time of great cultural change. In this regard the artist collapses past and present to offer subtlety nuanced conversation about heritage and connection. taku tuhoe tana, 2008 explores notions of collective memory and presence and the importance of whakapapa (genealogy) as the conduit to the past, present and future.
- Kōtahitanga, Maungapōhatu (1908). Rua Kenana’s followers with 4 flags flying outside his residence. Top flag confiscated by police in 1916. It reads, “Two races, One People, Equal Rights”. Whakatāne Museum Photographic Archive–P10737. Photographer George Bourne, Auckland Weekly News
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- C-type photographic print
- 580 x 375 mm
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- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2019
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- New Zealand Art
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- Not on display
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