Ana Iti (Te Rarawa and Pākehā) is the 2022 recipient of the Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara. Her plans comprise the publication of a print-run artist’s book that features hand-printed artwork, text and commissioned writing that has its origins in a trio of videos produced over 2020-21, exploring the role of printmaking and publishing, within the circulation of Māori and women’s writing and ideas. The project will also reference artists’ books in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna I Waiwhetū by Ralph Hotere, Bill Manhire and Joanna Margaret Paul.
The selection panel for the 2022 Award were senior lecturer in art history, Rosie Ibbotson, printmaker and lecturer, Kim Lowe, and lead curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Felicity Milburn. The panel commented: ‘Ana Iti’s work is compelling, relevant to current concerns, critical and thoughtful but also personal, poetic and highly engaging.’
- Ana Iti, The woman whose back was a whetstone, 2021, steel, Oamaru limestone. From the exhibition,Swallowing Geography, Govett Brewster ArtGallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, curated by Megan Tamati-Quennel