Amid the national response to COVID 19 during the 2020 Lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand, Victoria McAdam interviewed Maree Sheehan about her debut solo exhibition 'Ōtairongo'.
In 'Ōtairongo', Sheehan seeks to interpret and represent the identity of wāhine Māori through audio-portraiture, experienced within the realm of Hineraukatauri.
'Ōtairongo' is the first exhibition presented in the new Artspace Aotearoa gallery on the ground floor of Karangahape Road. 'Ōtairongo' presents portraits of three mana wahine Māori; Moana Maniapoto, Te Rita Papesch and Ramon Te Wake through the use of immersive binaural sound-capture technologies. These works are presented in darkness, elevating aural perception and approaching a renegotiation of how wāhine Māori might be interpreted and represented.
For more information go to: artspace-aotearoa.nz/exhibitions/otairongo