“Urban Māuri”, is a collaborative touring exhibition that presents Māori artists from four different urban locations in the upper North Island: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Tāneatua. The exhibition will engage with artists in each area, picking up new artists along the way. Providing a space for whakawhanaungatanga between urban Māori artists and place to share and express their views on issues or resolutions of Māuri Ora, balance and well-being within an urban landscape, the exhibition aims to nurture growing urban Māori artistic communities.
The title ‘Urban Māuri’ is a play on the term ‘Urban Māori’. Māuri, translates to life force in Māori cosmology. “Kia tau te māuri’ implies for these binary forces to settle, be calm or to become harmonious.
The project was launched in Grey Lynn, Auckland at an event compiling the work of Te Marunui Hotene, Abigail Aroha Jensen, Selwyn Vercoe, Harlem Shine and “G” (a collective of Māori skateboarders).
Kelcy Taratoa, Que Bidois, Te Marunui Hotene, Abigail Aroha Jensen, Selwyn Vercoe, Harlem Shine, “G” (a collective of Māori skateboarders).