In partnership with the New Zealand Society, Kiwi artist Abbey Kayte is returning to London for her second solo exhibition.
Titled ‘Te Reo O Tā Moko – The language of Tā Moko’, this exhibition explores the place of traditional Māori body art/tattooing and it’s place in modern day society.
Ko Abbey tōku ingoa.
Ko Kati Mamoe Hapu raua ko Kai Tahu oku iwi.
Abbey Kayte’s journey of reconnection to her own Māori whakapapa (genealogy) and cultural roots is represented in this exhibition, Te Reo O Tā Moko which is her second in London.
Beginning this journey as a teenager when she first learned of her Māori descent, Abbey says she always felt a sense of dislocation and disconnection along with a deep desire to understand where she came from.
Now, in her 30’s Abbey feels very privileged to work with the people she depicts. Individuals, all of whom have given their time, energy and endorsement and allowed her to express their stories and imagery in her art.
The artists current cultural advisor is Ripeka Hook from NZ based organisation Whanau Ora, who works closely with her to ensure all cultural protocols around the sharing of ta moko have been adhered to along with all of the models/muses she has worked with.
Abbey Kayte uses a carving style technique, creating stencil-like art pieces which feature leather and hand cut paper.
Held at BSMT in Dalston (North East London), opening night on August 16th is a ticket-only event, you can purchase your tickets here. The exhibition will then be open to the public from August 17 – 19.
Opening night 6pm til late
Friday & Saturday 12-7pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm