The work titled 'Pukohu' is a three-channel video installation by Tanya Ruka featuring stunning portrayals of nga whenua (the land). The installation, described by the artist as landscape drawings; functions simultaneously as documentation, mythology and allegory.


Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Multi-media Artist.

An art practitioner for over 20 years, Tanya is a Māori Indigenous artist with a deep interest in indigenous ancestral navigational systems. ‘I nga wā o mua’ from times in front: thinking through Futures design using ideas of science fiction, fantasy and allegory to open pathways of potential located within indigenous futurism, eco futurism and alternative worlds.


The key element of her research is kaitiakitanga or stewardship and the inherent need for humans to have a connection to nature, especially in urban and the built environment. Tanya is exploring this innate relationship through Matauranga Māori ancestral migrational, seasonal & navigational knowledge, cosmology & creation stories.


Her multimedia work explores the connection between her tupuna ancestors and nga whenua, the land. The physical and nonphysical multi-dimensional layers of liminal space. An unseen veil that lies between the now and then, deepening her connection through Te Aho Tapu or the thread that binds us all. 

The point of origin is nga whenua/ the land and her respect and appreciation of natural materials sourced from plants and trees. Tanya has developed a ritual of self-imposed tikanga/ correct procedures and kaupapa/ process methods. A specific rock on the horizon, a cave, a tree, the mouth of a river are significant connections to ancestral stories encoded within the genealogy of the landscape. 

Artist | Designer | Research | Creative Director + Founder of Fog & Moon Studio collaborative. 

Master Art & Design, PG Dip Art & Design, BVA, Dip VA,

PG Cert. of Proficiency LAW.




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