Taro whakapapa, 2021
Could anything be as verdant and vigorous as taro? Each plant grows pups from its own body, generation after generation tracing back to an ancient parent, each new plant a layering of regeneration and reconnection.
Taro whakapapa presents a richly coloured and voluptuous iris, its dark pupil ringed with the lashings of waka and buildings. Here is a lens onto carefully planned voyages, bringing gardens, families and fale across the Moana to islands newly hauled from the sea.
—Writer, Dr Billie Lythberg