The story of cultures colliding told through Maori Art in New Zealand parliament

Matire-White-Ornate-Frame-maori-portrait-painting-sofia-minson-new-zealand-artworkThis portrait of my Ngati Porou great-grandmother “Matire Te Horowai” wearing her traditional victorian dress and moko kauae (chin tattoo) will speak volumes about our cultural history in the heart of New Zealand’s capital.

Two of my artworks are on show at Bowen House Parliament Building in Wellington – with The Real Opotiki Exhibition from 8 Feb – 31 Mar 2017.

Matire Te Horowai lived in the East Cape of the North Island in the late 19th century – an era of heavy Europeanisation where there was severe juxtapositions of indigenous and colonising cultures, yet intermarriage managed to occur.

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