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.