Rachael Rakena (Ngai Tahu, Nga Puhi) is a video artist who works, frequently in collaboration, to create richly layered performative installations, DVDs and digital stills. Rakena coined the term 'Toi Rerehiko' as a means of describing and locating her practice. Toi Rerehiko is a moving image art form immersed in Maori tradition, tikanga (custom) and values that uses digital and electronic media.Read More
Rakena has a Master of Fine Arts (Distinction) and is a lecturer at Massey University. She has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, France, Britain and the United States. Aniwaniwa, a collaborative project with Brett Graham, was included in the collateral events section of the 2007 Venice Biennale. In 2006, she and Graham represented New Zealand at the Sydney Biennale with the collaborative installation UFOB. Other major international exhibitions have included Pasifika Styles at Cambridge University, United Kingdom; and Dateline: Contemporary Art from the Pacific at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.