Because of all the horrible weather, and it's very real affects on the communities in which many of my whānau live, this Fast Five is brought to you by some good, warm, nice things. There's wool, there's textiles, whānau, intangible cultural heritage - these are a few of my favourite things.
Let's get into it by having a lol at this dork who dared evoke the Pussy Hat to illustrate the full extent of righteous indignation and male fragility.
1. Mata Aho Collective
News broke this morning of the artist list chosen for the forthcoming documenta14 and for the first time ever, artists from Aotearoa have been invited to show including the collective, Mata Aho. You can read more about Mata Aho here. We're very proud of them but we may also be very biased... not telling. Speaking of warm fuzzies, their first collaborative artwork was made out of literally hundreds (ktk, joking I don't know how many) of mink blankets and is both super comfy looking while also very sensuous. Sensuous.
2. Sam Barsky
Sam knits sweaters of things and then takes photos of himself wearing the sweater in front of those things. I love this so much. He has an incredible accent too. He also knows his cultural capital (i.e. how he has gone pretty viral) so is knitting a sweater with the HOLLYWOOD sign as he's pretty sure he's going to be called onto talkshows any day now. Dude is a hustler. Love it.
3. Global History of African Textiles
Take me to the Fowler Museum at UCLA please. The patterns and vibrancy are so beautiful, and so foreign to a resident of Wellington where we are known for our ubiquitous black colour palette.
4. Te Ringawhatuora | Weavers of Wellbeing
Last Friday, my workmate Migoto Eria and I opened our exhibition at Te Papa. The inspiration was drawn directly from our kids' behaviour in the store rooms on a whānau tour, and this spilled into our kaupapa for Te Ringawhatuora. We've had the blessing of working with some stellar colleagues to get this up and would love you all to get along if you can. I forgot to take photos so here's one I've lifted from Puawai.
5. Museums of the future
To go from the tactile to the intangible with Professor Sarah Kenderdine and her work in the virtual realisation of at risk heritage sites. She's speaking at Te Papa next week.
Because my thoughts are with home, here's a waiata from Prince Tui Teka about ngā kokonga o te rohe potae o Tuhoe: