Title – Dear Culture Vulture
A collaboration between Molly Rangiwai-McHale and Luisa Tora.
The Dear Culture Vulture series reworks and reclaims cultural forms of celebration and protection. It is a response to the appropriation of traditional Pacific and Māori art forms by non-Pacific and non-Māori people.
It also directly addresses those non-Pacific and non-Māori art historians who claim expertise in the study of Pacific and Māori artforms, and further subjugate indigenous knowledge and practices by placing higher critical value on the appropriated cultural forms.
‘Dear Culture Vulture’
This is an Open Letter to art historians who say Māori and Pacific cultural art forms are primitive, then call the same art forms sophisticated when Pākeha artists reproduce them: I see you. Stop it.
This is a plastic pre-apocalyptic warning sign to Māori and Oceanic artists: Beware, _______, and _______, and _______, and _______. (Each skull is named after a particular art historian.)
Dear Culture Vulture, this is a shark in your university office aquarium.
Luisa Tora is a final year BA Creative Arts (Visual Arts) student at the Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology. She is a multi-disciplinary creative, an activist, and a writer.
Molly Rangiwai-McHale is of Maori, Chinese, Scottish, and Irish decent. She has a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Auckland. She is a multimedia artist & has exhibited her work in both group & solo shows.