'Blood Water Earth' is a video installation by two prominent female, indigenous artists; Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha) and Santee Smith (Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario).
'Blood Water Earth' draws from their work together on a series of dance productions by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, where Santee is the artistic director. With 'Blood Water Earth' the artists have re-contextualised the video design created for these productions into an immersive video installation which activates sacred alignments from cosmos to womb, its symbolic ritual renewal, and a conscious stripping away of colonial impacts on indigenous women.
These dance works focus on the reawakening of the sacred feminine. The video for 'Blood Water Earth' is created from film shoots in Karekare and Piha, Aotearoa, and on Six Nations of the Grand River territory, Turtle Island, Canada. Imagery and energies in 'Blood Water Earth' span the wide range of what is wahine; woman, warrior, leader, mother, divine goddess and thresh-holder of life and death. The trajectory of the installation is rebirth, remembering our sacred origins, reconnection to women’s intrinsic spiritual power and what it means to be a mana wahine.
'Blood Water Earth' comes to the Tauranga Art Gallery after being shown as part of the Auckland Arts Festival at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. We are also fortunate to exhibit a collection of ceramics related to 'Blood Water Earth' alongside the video installation.
The exhibition is toured by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in partnership with the Auckland Arts Festival tour with support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.
This exhibition will run from 22 June through to 6 October 2019.
NZ residents and all children under 12: Free (koha appreciated)
International visitors: $7
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