Mauri Wai Mauri Ora – Jo Tito

Mauri Wai Mauri Ora, 2011, Jo Tito (Iwi – Tribes: Taranaki, Ngāti Pikiao, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao), Taranaki stone & acrylic paint

Jo Tito Is a Māori artist, passionate about sharing the importance of connection and helping people reconnect to who they are.

A self-taught photographer, she is also a multi-media artist who combines storytelling, nature and technology to share her messages. Working at the grass roots level of community through health and education initiatives, has enabled her to use art as a tool for change and to see the positive affects that connection and storytelling can have on a community.

The work for ISEA presents a “mauri” stone and explores a Māori concept of “energy” or “mauri” bringing the physical stone as an art work into the space. The stone carries the energy of the land from which it comes, and the many stories and energies that have been gathered prior to it’s journey to ISEA. The stone also incorporates all the works that are presented in this exhibition.

The rock has been formed by water and shares stories of connection to who we are; wai being the Māori word for water and also used when one asks,  “ko wai au – who am I?” With the understanding of water as being part of who we are, we can perhaps better understand our connection to the environment and the importance of water as an essential element to the survival of our planet and people.

 

Jo Tito CV and bio

Jo Is a 37 year old creative entrepreneur and artist who is passionate about art and bringing about change in the world. An innate connection to the land and environment inspires her creativity and the stories she tells through her work. She has been a photographer for the past 16 years and is also a multi-media artist working in painting, sculpture and digital storytelling. She also has a background in health and education and has worked at the grass roots level of community using art as a tool for change.

Connections and relationships are important to her and are at the heart of everything she does. Over the past 10 years, she has have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented artists from around the world through overseas travel, exhibitions, festivals and gatherings.

 

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2011 Floating Land and Dreaming Festival – Artist in residence with international artists – Brisbane, Australia

Documentary of stories for Puke Ariki Museum exhibition – What If?, Taranaki

He Iwi Karioi exhibition currently showing at Tairawhiti museum – moving image installation, Gisborne

SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens art residency, Taranaki

2010 Nga Manukura Maori midwives photographic project – photography and creation of digital stories for Auckland District Health Board

Co-director, Photographer & Editor for A Fire Burning a feature documentary by Flair Films

2009 Director of documentary – Iwirakau at the Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne

Dreaming Festival, Brisbane Australia – indigenous artists research

2008 Aotearoa delegation to the 10th International Festival of Pacific Arts, Pagopago- America Samoa for digital storytelling & photography

Creation of digital stories for Nga Rama e Whitu exhibition, Gisborne

Travel to the Dreaming festival, Brisbane Australia – indigenous artists research

Sponsored trip to Indonesia by EngageMedia Australia for a gathering of software developers and video activists conference

2007 Author, researcher and editor of Matarakau – healing stories of Taranaki

Solo exhibition at the Thinkspace Gallery in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona USA

Digital storytelling workshop at Scotsdale Community College Arizona USA

Invited artist to the Gisborne Garden Artfest 2007, Gisborne

2006 Curator, storyteller & photographer of Wahine exhibition a b & w photographic exhibition by eight Maori women living in Taranaki at Nga Manu Korero – Opunake, Taranaki; Patea, Taranaki; and Hauiti marae Tolaga Bay, East Coast

Parihaka International Peace festival – exhibitor

Invited artist to the Gisborne Garden Artfest 2006

Ono Pacific Arts festival – invited artist for an exhibition of paper works with Sheynne Tuffery, Christchurch art section

Sept Selected artist for Rotorua artists exhibition at the Rotorua Museum

July Nga Manukura exhibition, Rotorua – exhibitor

July “He Puna Korero” Taranaki arts festival – emerging Maori artists exhibition

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted May 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    Dear Jo,
    I have been alerted to your work by a mutual friend, Julie Penfold who saw your work at ISEA in Instanbul 2011 ( “UNTITLED-second-nature (Te Kore-Rongo-Hungaora)” and watched the sun come up with you.
    I am researching a new opportunity to be supported by the British Council to collaborate/meet with artists and organisations abroad to create artistic projects. Looking at your work and your approach, I would very much like to meet you. There are not many GOOD reasons to travel, given the effect on the planet(I have not travelled by plane for years!), but I wondering if there would be benefit if we could interact around a work?(Other partners may include Habitat for Humanity, NZ)
    The work I am considering has to do with ‘dwelling’ (no Maori translation?) and I would like to work with sound to explore this.
    kāinga?: “the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.” If you would be interested please email me on: ivonoates@talktalk.net. (I dont have yours). Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
    ivon x

    • Jo Tito
      Posted May 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

      Kiaora Ivon! We have been introduced by Julie and I have sent you a message through my email – look forward to catching up soon!!

  2. Jean McCormack
    Posted May 10, 2012 at 3:45 AM | Permalink

    I have just enjoyed listening to you on the radio and then seeing your beautiful stone on your website.I’m an 86 year old,still making a few minor creative things and have memories of the Tito family in Te mahoe in the seventies when I was married to Hone Tuwhare. I remember Fay Tito very well and wonder if she is a relation and still alive?
    Best wishes for you and your stones and your interesting life.
    Jean

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