Silent Feathers - Whakapapa 2000
acrylic on board, paper, photographs, feathers
series of 11: 30 x 25 cm each
"As the pakeha stole our lands away, so my Tipuna (ancestors) had to grapple to survive with dispossession, the humiliation of being marginalised people in their own lands. The work is a personalised history of the effects of white oppression and the silencing of a Maori family from 1830 to the present day. Of a family who were leaders - yet within one generation reduced to working as cooks and itinerant workers whose very economic livelihood depended on their old foe: the white 'pioneer' of New Zealand."
(Ngati Whatua /
Diane Prince was born in Wellington, and descends from the tribes of Nga Puhi and Ngati Whatua. Prince is a multimedia artist: painter, weaver, installation art practitioner and an award winning set designer, who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally over the last fifteen years. A long-time veteran of Maori politics and land struggles, her work is a visual expression of her strong stand on Maori rights and Maori womens' issues. Writes Witi Ihimaera:
"Her works consistently eyeball the ongoing failure of Crown and leaders to recognise Maori Sovereignty and are concerned with providing strong symbolic platforms on which Maori can stand."
1) Te Hono Ki Waitangi - Tent Embassy 2000
Korari stalks, paint, harkeke (flax), kiekie, taaniko weaving, ceramics, architectural draughting paper, cloth, packaged flags
300 x 300 cm
2) Silent Feathers - Whakapapa 2000
Acrylic, collage, photographs, feathers on board
1 - 11 - Sizes variable 20 x 20 cm each
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