Aniwaniwa

2007
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Aniwaniwa refers to rapids on the Waikato River in Aotearoa New Zealand, near Horahora village where Graham’s father was born. In 1947 the building of a hydroelectric dam flooded Horahora, submerging historic Māori sites. In a kind of poetic resistance, villagers in the video go about their daily lives and chores despite their town being submerged in water. The five suspended black vessels reference Māori wakahuia, carved boxes that hold precious memories. The vessels’ patterning mimics the tunnels insects make in wood. The installation’s soundtrack features celebrated Māori vocalists Whirimako Black and Deborah Wai Kapohe and electronic musician Paddy Free.
Title
Aniwaniwa
Date
2007
Medium
Film
Materials
5 wakahuia (treasure boxes) suspended fibreglas forms, video components, projectors, mattresses, and audio
Dimensions
4.7 x 5 x 20 m
Nationality
New Zealander
Credit line
Purchased 2014
Accession number
46281