Walk with me, 2014
Walk With Me was a performance art project that was born from an interest in memory and memorialisation. The guided tour series initiated an investigation of site that illustrates the power of the New Zealand Government to influence our national identity through the fuelling of dominant myths at the new National Memorial Park. The project revealed the ongoing effects of colonialism and offered participants an alternative to the memory formed by the focus on New Zealand’s participation in overseas wars.
2014 Massey University, Walk With Me. Masters project
The Government’s spending on commemoration of the First World War and specifically the centenary of the Gallipoli landings of 25th April 1915, overshadows Māori remembrance stories of colonial conflicts, which are discreetly articulated at Puke Ahu. The project’s focus began with encounters with people at the site to focus on what is there, who is represented and what is performed there. Walk With Me was a memory work that was bound to the site by the ritual act of walking and investigated the plural memories of the landscape.