As part of Auckland Pride’s first Takatāpui festival – Te Tīmatanga, we are proud to be displaying E Nekeneke Ki Tōu Ake Ao, a full-scale light art installation created by Hāmiora Bailey (he/they). Hāmiora is the Kawhakahaere Takatāpui for Auckland Pride and has commissioned seven Takatāpui artists to display their public installations all month long in this city-wide art hikoi across the Auckland CBD. View the full programme of events, educational workshops and artist information here.
E Nekeneke Ki Tōu Ake Ao
By Hāmiora Bailey
Ngāti Porou Ki Harataunga, Ngāti Huarere
E Nekeneke Ki Tōu Ake Ao — meaning move into your own world — is a gentle and colourful reminder that the binary coding, which has notably infiltrated our gender identity within Aotearoa, has led to more subtle conditioning beyond gender, where many of us are left to consider ourselves, and indeed the world around us, as a series of polarities.
In Takatāpuitanga, we know it is true to be many things at once. As Te Ao Māori grounds and informs our identity, our hospitality — represented by the work by the rainbow Pātiki — is unwavering. The black grid symbolises a hīnaki (net/imprisonment), denoting the settler colonial influence and its gaze obstructing the reception and bounty of our manaakitanga (hospitality).
“E Nekeneke Ki Tōu Ake Ao reminds us that now, thanks to the work of our elders, moving away from our conditioning can be a thing of curiosity and grace. We should allow ourselves, and indeed our whānau, to move with us into our new world, manoeuvring through the seabed & mud, like the Pātiki (flounder) that we look to as exemplars of hospitality. To sever the binary, we should allow for the multiplicity of te kore (infinity, absence of binary definition) in its infinite solutions.”