Love: The Southern Sky
Aroha: ko te rangi tonga
This installation explores the relationship of three cultural elements of New Zealand, the Māori New year, Matariki, the concept of Māori weaving and the notion of gifting societies.
The celebration of the Māori New year, known as Matariki represents a multi-cultural link through the appreciation and understanding of the Matariki Stars, also known as the Seven Sisters or the Pleiades constellation, which can be seen from all parts of the world. Coinciding with Matariki on the day of the PQ15 opening, ‘The Seed Project, Love: The Southern Sky’ is composed around the cycles and conditions of Matariki whose movement denotes milestones in the traditional Māori culture, specifically the start of a new phase of life in June.
Contributors: Debbie Fish, Sarah Jennings, Oliver Latimer, Jane Lehtinen, Jordan McOnie, Janelle Streater, Pearl Tatro
The Seed Project