Biennale of Sydney

Mata Aho Collective

Mata Aho Collective, Kiko Moana, 2017, polyethene tarpaulin and cotton thread, 1100 x 500 cm. Installation view for documenta 14 at the Museum of Hessian History (2017), Kassel, Germany. Courtesy the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Copyright © Mata Aho Collective.
Mata Aho Collective, AKA, 2019, copolymer fibre marine rope, steel, 1400 x 200 cm. Installation view Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu Continuel (2019), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Commissioned by National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Courtesy the National Gallery of Canada. Copyright © Mata Aho Collective.
Maureen Lander and Mata Aho Collective, Atapō, 2020, insect mesh, muka, wool and cotton, 1000 x 600 x 900 cm. Installation view for Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art (2020), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland. Copyright © Mata Aho Collective.

Mata Aho Collective

Established 2012 in Aotearoa New Zealand
Live in Aotearoa New Zealand
Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa


Mata Aho Collective is a collaboration between four Māori women who produce large scale fibre-based installations linked to mana wāhine Māori: the power and integrity of Māori women. An integral aspect of mana wāhine is whanaungatanga – to connect with others and stay accountable. Their conceptual framework is founded within the contemporary realities of customary Māori knowledge systems. Mata Aho develops work with a single authorship and relishes in a ‘four-brain, eight-hand’ approach. This enables a sense of supportive freedom as they ambitiously tackle works that are often bigger than their individual capabilities.

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022)

Details to be announced