Lyall Hakaraia (Māori / Pākehā) is an artistic polymath and a creative director/producer living in London. Their artistic practice encompasses the founding and creative direction of the queer arts venue (VFD), arts programming, making communal ritualistic artwork, film making, designing and making jewellery and clothing for red carpet superstars and international magazine editorial. His more recent work reflects his passion for working with marginalised people to create functioning communities.
For more information on Lyall Hakaraia please visit: https://www.vfdalston.com/about#manifesto
EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London
Matariki, Harakeke, paua shell, turmeric, pounamu, Cook Island pearl, pearl shell and kauri shells; dimensions variable, 2019 This piece tells the whakapapa at the centre of my cultural identity, in a journey of nearly 200 years. The piece is named after the Polynesian constellation Matariki, in acknowledgement of the star navigation skills of the peoples of Moana Nui a Kiwa and those of my adventurous Pakeha grandfather. I call upon the stories of Matariki and her six tamariki, sky bound living with Ranginui and whose epic family dynamics echo my mother’s family of six who together undertook to cross the Pacific with the seventh member of their whanau, their waka Kahutara. When working with this piece and in response to the journey, the framework that holds and keeps Matariki safe, honours familiar materials and techniques.