Of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui descent, Vanessa Marjoribanks is an advocate for empowerment and social change. Raised in the small town of Kawerau and educated at Waikato University in Hamilton, Vanessa now lives in London with her four beautiful little people. Her work is a reflection of her understanding of the world and pays homage to the connections between the past, present and future and the ‘intangible’ links with our tipuna. Vanessa’s greatest influences are from life experience and often emerge out of shared conversations with fellow people of the Pacific or of indigenous origins. A long term member of Te Kohanga Reo o Rānana and more recently a member of the In*ter*Is*land Collective, she is humbled to be included in activations that seek to rebalance historical narratives and create new pathways for our next generations.
EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London
The Return Wave, digital collage on canvas, 420mm x 594mm, 2019
This piece acknowledges the journey of cultural integrity, both in a historical and deeply personal sense. It is about being a Māori woman, a mother in the land of our colonisers. It speaks to how we maintain and hand down our own cultural knowing when we are literally on the opposite side of the world from our hau kāinga. Within this work are numerous references to interconnection in time and space as well as of growth and creation for the Future. The title alludes to a belief that what are seeing now is rebalancing of the historical narrative, recognition of our sacred knowledge and a growth of our collective power.