Exhibition: Pupuke Te Mahara
The burgeoning of memory through cloth and the lens by Bobby Luke
Pupuke te Mahara, simply translated, is the acknowledgment of memory. Designers have sought ways to communicate memory through multi-faceted layers of design practices, both old and new. Walter Benjamin states, ‘You are what you remember’ (Russel, Catharine: 2018). This project focuses on the embodiment of memory through design, framed by a kaupapa Māori lens which centralises a Taranaki iwi worldview. This research/creative output investigates de-colonial practices that inform film, performance and fashion disciplines become catalysts for mātauranga Māori, but importantly, become judges of our creative futures. The core creative outcomes of this project are a Film and a Fashion casual collection.
The work will also be featured this autumn on the Cobblestone Park Lightboxes in Wellington and in Auckland at the New Zealand Fashion Week show 8 February 2022 5.30 pm.
Tane Moleta, Curator
Bobby Luke (Ngāti Ruanui), Lecturer, School of Design Innovation