Mixed media installation, Rachel Stephenson 2004
Glazed ceramics, wood, peat, sound equipment. Audio recordings taken from Te Reo Irirangi O Aotearoa - National Radio New Zealand 2004
Drawing on Māori and European traditions, the Kūmara and Apple (Pomegranate) are the bodies which hold cultural knowledge. Both have travelled great distances to Aotearoa/New Zealand. The biblical tree with it's shining fruit aspirational yet forbidden. The half-buried Kūmara with it's underground networks to challenge colonial power and privileged (hierarchical) knowledge.
The sound recordings (heard through the ground of peat) made in 2004 capture a year of divisive racial politics as well as moments of celebration and exchange. These recordings present diversity and include Indigenous voices and oral traditions - kōrero and waiata.