Terri Te Tau

Massey University

Of Rangitāne and Ngāti Kahungunu descent, Terri grew up in the Wairarapa region. She completed a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts at Massey in 2008 followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts. In 2009 she moved to Paris where she was granted a summer residency at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.

Terri completed a PhD in Creative Arts at Te Pūtahi a Toi, Massey University. Terri’s research incorporated the use of sculpture, sound, video and theory with the aim of exploring creative resistance to the power dynamics of surveillance practice.

Terri Te Tau recently became a postdoctoral fellow for CARE - Centre for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation based at Massey University, on a project aimed at facilitating creative community driven initiatives around poverty and health in the Manawatū.  She is an artist and writer whose current research explores intersections between historical Māori narratives, science and speculative fiction. Terri is a member of Mata Aho, a collective of four Māori women who together work on large-scale textile based projects. Their work ‘Kiko Moana’ was exhibited in documenta 14, Germany in 2017 and recently in ‘Oceania’ at the Royal Academy in London, 2018. Their work ‘Kaokao’ was a finalist in APB Foundation Signature Art Prize in Singapore 2018.

‘Mā te huruhuru te manu ka rere - It is the feathers that enable the bird to fly’