TU'U HAKE | GET UP, STAND UP
Uhila is one of the leading artists in Aotearoa-New Zealand. A finalist in the Walters Prize in 2014 for his work Mo'ui Tukuhausia. He was also awarded the Harriet Friedlander Residency in 2021.
‘Uhila’s art practice centers on live performance, in which the expression of his ideas take place, unrehearsed, in gallery spaces and informal spaces outside of a traditional theatre environment
For Te Ata, according to Uhila, “Tu’u hake is a performance work I will present at the event. The ordinary materials that I will install in the space are either rope or chains I will be activating with a simple gesture that speaks to the complicated context of everyday life and ideas of standing up for your rights. The rope alludes to the legend of Māui fishing up Aotearoa’s North Island and the umbilical cord of new birth. Through this performance, I would express empathy for the people of the land and give courage to the local community”.