Through the time spiral: Te Muri II

Still from Through the time spiral: Te Muri II (2022). HD video, 1 min.

Through the time spiral: Te Muri II revisits camping trips my family made to a small bay on the Mahurangi Peninsula during the early 1900s. During the summer holidays, my great-great-grandparents and their many children travelled north from Tāmaki Makaurau. They were joined by ʻāiga visiting from Sāmoa, girls in their care from the Islands (including Princess Sālote), and other families who share similar stories of cultural multiplicity and mobility. These trips manifest their expansive web of relations across the Moana, which they continued to nurture after migrating to Aotearoa. By revisiting the site, I can connect with my ancestors through the time spiral.

In the work, I sit near my great-great-grandmother, Louisa Kronfeld. My brother, D’arcy, is beside our nana, Tui; our great-grandfather, Samuel Kronfeld; and Sam’s brother-in-law, Otto Wolfgramm. My father, David, stands with his great-grandfather, Gustav Kronfeld.