Rachael Rakena is a New Zealand artist of Māori (Ngā Puhi and Ngāi Tahu) descent.
Rakena coined the term ‘Toi Rerehiko’ to centre, claim and name digital space within a Māori paradigm, she describes and locates Māori digital/video/electronic-based art practice in terms of continuum, motion, and collaboration.
Critiquing notions of fluid identity, Pacific understandings of space and water through metaphors of digital space as water space, inhabited by iwi Māori, her art installations have evolved to enculturate and politicize water itself, navigating issues of ongoing Pacific diaspora, flooding and rising sea levels, and decolonization/(re)vitalization.
Known for her collaborative practice, she has been exhibiting internationally for 20 years.
Rachael is a mum of one, a founding member of Paemanu, a collective of Ngāi Tahu contemporary artists, and a Senior Lecturer at Massey University Whiti o Rehua School of Art in Wellington.
Find out more about Rachael Rakena at digitalocean.manamoana.co.nz