Architecture of Aroha is a collaborative project that explores indigenous practices in Aotearoa New Zealand and Sápmi, unfolding a dialogue between two objects that hold important cultural significance: the wahakura and the gietkka, baby sleeping vessels from the Māori and Sámi communities.
Architecture of Aroha brings together:
Berit Kristine Guvsám (b. 1986, Steinkjer, Norway) is a duodjár who grew up in Steinkjer but also has connections to Divtasvuodna in the Lule Sámi area. Guvsám holds a master's degree in duodje from the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. Within the duodje field, she works with soft materials such as textiles and leather. Traditional duodje from the Lule Sámi area is the base of her practice.
Gunvor Guttorm (b. 1958, Karasjok, Norway), a Professor in duodji (Sámi arts and crafts, traditional art, applied art) at Sámi allaskuvla/Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Guovdageaidnu, NO. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in duodji at Sámi University College, both practically and theoretically, and has produced several essays on how the traditional knowledge of Sámi art and craft is transformed to the modern lifestyle.
Iŋgos-Máhte Iŋgá, Inga Ravna Eira (b. 1948, Karasjok, Norway) is a writer, teacher and translator based in Karasjok, NO. She writes poetry, short stories and children's books in Northern Sami. Together with other artists, she has worked with performance shows and she has performed self-written poems in the musical poetry performance Čuollogeađgi (The Silhouette Stone).
Jasmine Te Hira (b. 1990, Aotearoa New Zealand) is an artist, arts educator and community partnership coordinator. Te Hira has forged a practice that articulates concepts relating to time, memory and perception through the boundaries of object, video and constructed space.
Tanya Reihana White (b. 1965, Aotearoa New Zealand) is a kairaranga (weaver) based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and a descendant of the tribes of Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hineāmaru and Ngāti Maniapoto. As a practitioner for many years, her focus has been on the integration of health and wellbeing between people and the land. Tanya’s master’s degree focused on mokopuna (the grandchild) wellbeing through the healing practices and tikanga (ways of being and doing) of raranga wahakura (weaving safe sleeping vessels for newborn infants). Her current role is based at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka, as Kaitiaki Taiao.
Zoe Black (b. 1985, Aotearoa New Zealand) is a curator and the deputy director of Objectspace in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ. Her curatorial practice has focused on community development and advocating for critically under-represented craft and object art forms.