Tangata Kore (Cut Off Man)

Emily Karaka, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in circa 1984.
Image 1508 x 892mm
Frame 1650 x 956 x 60mm
oil on hessian
This work explores the complex nature Māori as tangata whenua (people of the land) have with the land, possibly specifically in this case the idea that Māori became cut off from their land a signficant part of their culture and heritage by the confiscation of it in the late 1800's early 1900's by pakeha institutions and the Crown. Be it Aotearoa as a whole, their own Turangawaewae - place to stand or their family home; the land itself is viewed as an ancestor - an entity where people come from, and which nourishes them. This in tern can be related to creation myths around Ranginui, Papatuanuku and Tane Mahuta and to tikanga such as burying a baby's placenta or whenua in their place of birth, home or in the grounds of their marae.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1985.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Mar 1985


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