Keri Mei Zagrobelna
Keri-Mei Zagrobelna’s (Te Whanau-a-Apanui / Te Ati Awa) has exhibited extensively in Aotearoa, Australia, Europe and America with her chosen medium based in adornments and jewellery. She is a co-founder of The Hine-Pae-Kura Collective providing guidance and support for emerging Maori female artists.
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EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London
7a: Mahuika, 2019 Framed photograph 297 x 420mm
7b: Maikuku-O-Mahuika, 2019 14CT PLU Silver Dimensions variable
7c: Huia Heru, 2019 Sterling silver, Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) Dimensions variable
7d: Silver piupiu, maikuku necklace, 2019 Mixed media Dimensions variable, 2019
This series of work is aesthetically based around Mahuika the Maori female deity of fire. Mahuika is a strong female ancestor and her story revolves around her finger nails, fingernails in a contemporary sense are seen as a very feminine thing. Dainty, like a “lady” or sharp and piercing like a witch. With Mahuika there are many strong connections that reside in the kaupapa of the exhibition in regards to the multiplicities that arise as being Pasifika, cultural practices and feminism.