Tanya’s light boxes mahi is interwoven with a number of her other projects.
The Community Rongoā (Māori medicinal) Forest, based in Elliott Park, Brooklyn, is a concept she developed last year.
Planting of the forest is done with the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). Rongoā leaves were used in Ruka’s project ‘The Forest Rongoā Teahouse’, where she served traditional Māori medicinal tea amidst photographic and video artworks in a temporary space along Courtenay Place.
Tea leaves for the tea served at the blessing and opening of Tanya's Courtenay Place light boxes exhibition also came from the forest.
Tanya, with Ollie Hutton from Mouthful, has also been commissioned by Urban Dream Brokerage to curate eight independent moving artworks screening across eight weeks of winter, named Te wāhi o te papa whakāta. This work will be displayed across from the light boxes, in the window of 106 Courtenay Place during June and August.
Visit the Courtenay Place light boxes on the corner of Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street, day or night, and visit the Council Facebook page for a chance to win a fine art limited print of one of Ruka’s works.
About the artist
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka is a Māori Indigenous artist and designer living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. She is of Ngāti Pākau, Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau, Te Mahurehure Ngāpuhi, and Waitaha Hokianga descent.
Tanya has a Master of Art and Design from Auckland University of Technology and works as an independent indigenous researcher on projects that seek to elevate indigenous knowledge systems and voices within the environment - this includes connecting with Indigenous nations globally through her work as research communications lead with Native Land Digital.
Read about our previous Courtenay Place Light Boxes exhibitions.