Leala Faleseuga &
Te Kahureremoa Taumata
7558 are Jamie Berry, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi;
Pikihuia Haenga, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngātoi Porou;
Leala Faleseuga, Samoan/Salelologa, Dutch;
Te Kahureremoa Taumata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tuwharetoa.
This multidisciplinary collective of women create immersive installations using audio and visual projections. Their work has been exhibited in New York, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington. They are interested in the strength of whakapapa or genealogical structures, highlighting the importance of intangible connections between people and the earth.
Special credits and Sources of Audio, Images; Te Kahureremoa, Skyla Love, Josiah Jordan, Jerome Kavanagh, Matiu Bartlett, Robyn Kahukiwa, National Library Archives - Dusky Maiden Remix 2017, Toi Wāhine Collective 2015, Wā Hine Collective, Friends and Whānau.
To karanga is to call, call in the ancestors, call in the people.
To karanga is to connect, locate in place and time, to exchange and to ground. A karanga can be visualised like an unbroken rope, the breath is constant, it activates the spaces between past, present and future, binding them all in one moment, it grows stronger with each layer and contribution.
This metaphor is mirrored in the structure of our DNA, and how it too stretches beyond us both into the past and into the future. To karanga is to take this unbroken rope, wield it to connect, to bind, to ground, to call us home.
‘Karanga’ has been contributed to by a collective of Mana Wahine from Aotearoa, resulting in a collaborative audio-visual work that brings pieces of Aotearoa and Moana Nui a Kiwa to attention.