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PONO: The potential of making something that leads to nothing

Chantel Matthews, KAWA, 2019 (still). Single-channel video. Image courtesy of the artist.
Jacob Hamilton, self-portrait, 2021. Thermal receipt. Image courtesy of the artist.


Tāmaki Makaurau-based artists Chantel Matthews and Jacob Hamilton occupy space in an effort to create meaningful gestures and transactions that journey toward the restoration of whakapapa and hauora. A Māori worldview is placed at the centre of the exhibition’s kaupapa and the artists explore what it means to ‘give and take’ through acts of manaakitanga within a community-based public gallery at a time where there is much economic scarcity and great change.

About the artists

Chantel Matthews

Tainui Awhiro
Ngāti Hounuku
Ngāti Koata
Ngāti Tahinga
Ngāti Ikaunahi

Chantel Matthews is a visual artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her works can be described as sculptural moments that explore social, political and cultural concerns through her own subjectivity as a woman, mother, artist and wahine Māori. Through process-led exchanges, experience is located at the centre as a storytelling mechanism, contributing to objects in the making that become both ‘things’ and ‘things that matter’.

Jacob Hamilton

Tūhourangi te iwi
Ngāti Whakaue te hapū
Ngāti Ahuru te hapu
Ngāti Raukawa ki Panehakua te iwi

Jacob Hamilton is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Jacob’s practice traces links to whakapapa, land and the urban environment through the use of sound, photography and objects. Concerned with post-colonial attitudes with hauora, Jacob explores te ao Māori worldviews as a way to navigate culture and identity in a modern context.

About Janet Lilo

Janet Lilo is of Te Rarawa, Samoan and Niuean descent, based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She enjoys making art and is trying hard to raise good, solid, feminist men.

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