Mataaho Collective

Mataaho Collective is four Māori women who create large-scale installations with a single authorship

Throughout Mataaho Collective’s practice, the pursuit of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) has unfolded in rich ways, not only through wānanga (gatherings) but also through the development of tuākana–teina (older sibling–younger sibling) relationships.

Takapau 2022

This work is inspired by whariki takapau, finely woven mats that elevate and add mana to special events such as weddings, births and tangihanga. 

In conceptualising this work we investigated takapau within Te Papa’s collection alongside the whariki designed by Kura Te Waru Rewiri in Rongomaraeroa created in the 1990’s.

Materials: Polyester hi-viz tie-downs (6km), stainless steel buckles, 480 rachets and 960 j-hooks

View this work: Corderie in the Arsenale 

“As a collective of four Māori women we feel honoured to be invited to exhibit in the Venice Biennale, alongside the other artists from Aotearoa. We're looking forward to meeting and engaging with artists and artworks from all over the world.” 

Mataaho Collective is

Erena Baker Arapere
(Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangātira) 

Senior Lecturer in Māori Visual Arts at Toioho ki Apiti, Massey University Palmerston North.

Sarah Hudson

(Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko)

Artist and co-founder of Kauae Raro Research Collective.

Bridget Reweti 

(Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi)
Artist, curator, writer and co-editor of ATE Journal of Māori art.

Dr. Terri Te Tau
(Rangitāne ki Wairarapa)
Artist, writer and recent recipient of the Sunday Star times emerging Māori writer award.'