Saturday, 06 June
Areta Wilkinson, Whakapaipai – Jewellery as Pepeha
06 June 2015 – 04 July 2015
Pepeha are Māori customary forms of oral expression that embody cultural perspectives by locating individuals within the landscape and within whakapapa, the genealogical context of eponymous ancestors. Pepeha speak to specific iwi (tribe), hapū (subtribe) and whānau (family) histories thus they are statements of culture and identity. Whakapaipaihas its origins in Areta Wilkinson’s Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Arts) research and contextualises narrative and personal adornment as similar statements of collective identity from a Māori world view.