Each year, we acknowledge Matariki at Basement Theatre with an original commemorative artwork designed by a Māori visual artist. The artwork is displayed outside Basement, taking over our seasonal banner spot. This year’s piece is designed by MsMeemo (Kai Tahu, Kahungunu, Waikato-Tainui, Tuhoe).
"In creating this piece the concept 'Reretau' or harmony set the foundation. When I think about harmony within Matariki it is shown through each of the whetū and the roles they each play. Matariki being the mother star and having one of the most important roles in overseeing harmony and guiding her children across the sky." - MsMeemo
“Kua haehae ngā hihi o Matariki. ‘The rays of Matariki are spread’. This comment is spoken when Matariki is seen bright in the night sky, and the rays of its various stars carry messages for the people.” - Matariki The Star Of The Year, Rangi Matamua
This eye-catching intergalactic piece will be hung above Basement Theatre in it's full five-by-five metre glory from 20 June to 3 July.
You can follow MsMeemo on Instagram @msmeemo_