Whakakapi: He āhuru mōwai mōku | Fresh and Fruity
Whakakapai (verb) to fill up (a space), occupy, replace.
he āhuru mōwai mōku a safe haven for me
Whakakapi: He āhuru mōwai mōku is an exhibition by online indigenous collective Fresh and Fruity. For this exhibition, Mairangi Arts Centre commissioned Fresh and Fruity to contribute to the conversation around the violence women continue to experience in the arts, in a take-over of the Hewson Gallery space. Using text snippets from their third manifesto Creating safe and accountable spaces, Fresh and Fruity attempt to question the responsibilities of institutions to provide space for minorities. Central to their intention in creating the manifesto was to destabilise power hierarchies which limit, erase, and ignore indigenous voices, as well as allowing toxic behaviours by perpetrators of violence to continue unchecked. The exhibition includes the voices of local women artists and writers who have been selected by Fresh and Fruity to ‘take over’ their twitter feed. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, a live-stream of the twitter feed is projected on the gallery wall. This inclusion and tautoko of a myriad of voices is central in disrupting structures of oppression.
*Violence presents itself in many forms. Here are just some examples: mis-representation, under-representation, erasure, silencing.