Rebecca Ann Hobbs: Te Ihu o Mataoho
22 April 2016 - 27 May 2016
Rebecca Hobbs, Otuataua Stonefields marked walks. (Botanical Walk and Historical Walk), 2016.
Te Ihu o Mataoho is grounded in the Ihumātao peninsula, which encompasses the volcanic features Maungataketake, Otuataua, Waitomokia and most importantly Puketaapapa. The Ihumātao area contains archaeological sites that are protected under the Historic Places Act (1993). The area of open land surrounding these sites was made a Special Housing Area for new housing to ease pressure in Auckland. This decision has put many significant cultural and geological features of the area under threat. Hobbs is working with mana whenua, local residents, artists and others to respond to the area’s historic and contemporary geological, volcanic, social and cultural narratives.
The artist’s approach is underpinned by the research question: ‘How can I perform multimedia art works that engage with experience-centered content, in locally specific contexts, in a reciprocal manner?’
Te Ihu o Mataoho has been made by Rebecca Hobbs in collaboration with: Cat Ruka, David Veart, Fiona Jack, Kahu Tuwhare, Karamia Muller, Louisa Afoa, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon, Moana waa, Molly Rangiwai McHale, Paula Booker, Qiane Matata-Sipu, Ralph Brown, Tosh Ahkit, SOUL, Te Wai-ō-Hua.
Fiona Jack, SOUL, 2016, banner.
SOUL, Human Chain, 2016, video and David Veart, Rebecca Ann Hobbs with camera operator Ralph Brown, Ihumātao, 2016, video. Photo Sam Hartnett.
Cat Ruka, Tosh Ahkit, Rebecca Ann Hobbs (under the guidance of Brendan Corbett, Maiti Tamariki, Raureti Korako and the Ruka whānau with Kiara Ruka and Lucia-Bluebell Kahukōwhai Davison), Ōtuatua, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett.
Louisa Afoa, Qiane Matata-Sipu, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Puketaapapa, 2016, video projection. Photo Sam Hartnett.
Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Waitomokia, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett.