Lost in translation

Black & white edition of 4
Colour fills edition 5

The introduction of the printing letter press to Aotearoa in the mid 1800's was driven by the missionaries and the need to indoctrinate Maori into a christian way of life.  The Maori language was colonised by a foreign coding and Maori became literate by reading the word of God.  This print depicts a carved Madonna with baby Jesus.  The Te Arawa carver named Patoromu Tamatea has acknowledged her sacredness by giving her a full facial taa moko aligning her with Ariki line.  This carving was presented as a gift to a local parish but was rejected as the priest felt it might upset some of the parishioners.