Who are the custodians of Maori Visual Art?

Free by Tracey Tawhiao

“Free” by Tracey Tawhiao

Thank you for all of your thought provoking responses to the previous post’s question¬†“Is it alright to combine elements of Maori designs and create something new out of them?”

I’m in the middle of reading Tuamaka – The Challenge of Difference in Aotearoa New Zealand by social anthropologist Dame Joan Metge and she suggests…

“The problem of cultural appropriation is particularly acute for the creative artist. Sometimes there is a very fine line between legitimate borrowing and looting. Continue reading

Maori Designs In Our Art – Appropriated or Legitimate?

Kia ora friends,

I’ve been asked a culturally sensitive¬†question by a Scandinavian man who at one point spent time living in New Zealand.

NZ Artist Gordon Walters' Painting

I’d like to put his question to you all because although the issue has been discussed in the public arena before, I’m not quite sure what the answer is or where to find it….

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