He Toa Takitahi (He whakatauāki: Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari takimano, nō āku tīpuna) - (My strength is not individual it is collective)

Robyn Kahukiwa, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1985.
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About the Work
"Kahukiwa’s visual translation of this whakataukī may be seen as relating to family and parenthood, but to me it shows the shift from blind individualism towards the power of the collective (past, present and future) in healing and strengthening communities. Wahine Toa, her collaborative picture book with author; Patricia Grace, remains one of my most prized possessions."
- Anique Jayasinghe, 'My Choice' exhibition series, November 2022
Image 2055 x 1352 mm
Support 2058 x 1345 mm
oil & alkaloid on unstretched canvas
Abstracted mother and child with four male figures behind her, each holding a child. Painted in yellows and browns.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1985
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
29 Oct 1985



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