Birgit Krippner

Photographer
    
Tame Iti, A Māori activist
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality: Austrian
Biography: Available for assignments in New Zealand and abroad. birgitkrippner@me.com Born in Austria, Birgit Krippner has lived in New Zealand since 2003. Her speciality is capturing candid images using only available light. She often works in low light... MORE
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Tame Iti, A Māori activist
Copyright Birgit Krippner 2022
Date of Work Apr 2014 - Ongoing
Updated Jul 2017
Topics Activism, Black and White, Community, Conservation, Documentary, Editorial, Human Rights, Landscape, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture

This ongoing project comprises photographs during Krippner's regular visits with Ngāi TÅ«hoe a Māori iwi ("tribe") of New Zealand, also known as "the children of the mist".

Tame Iti, the high profile TÅ«hoe Māori activist and artist, which was exhibited at Suite Gallery in New Zealand in February 2015, and in San Francisco at the Harvey Milk Photography Center, in April 2015. ITI "“ the TÅ«hoe meaning of which is "humble or in the background".

During the colonial period the Crown confiscated Te Urewera, TÅ«hoe's ancestral homeland in the eastern North Island. In the 20th century the TÅ«hoe people suffered extreme social deprivation "“ ravaged by famine and disease. Especially hard hit were the children " school records from the 1920s and 1930s show that 75% of those who died were less than 25 years old.

Despite this adversity, the TÅ«hoe people have demonstrated the mana ("indestructible spiritual power") to preserve their Māori identity like few other iwi " including the continued and uninterrupted use of their native language by a very high percentage of their population.

Krippner's photos in this exhibition document a very important time in Tuhoe's history. TÅ«hoe's 2014 treaty settlement with the Crown returned Te Urewera, the spiritual home of the TÅ«hoe people, and marks the transition from grievance to a future promising greater opportunity and
self-determination.

Krippner's photographs provide an intimate lens on Tame Iti, the Tuhoe people and Te Urewera, and serves as a document of the promise of new beginnings.

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