• Chantel Matthews

Morning Pages

Side tracked

To have one seat at the table?

What is performing? Who is performing?

If there is a bench seat that is by Tikanga standards, un-sittable, if it has the mauri of others when I think about cups of tea, people drinking from, waha (mouth) eat, sustenance. Then the act of sitting, I consider the places for sitting, sacred places. Then then audience. Are they participating in the work by choosing not to sit or by being told they can't sit there, the act of not doing is participation. The lack of control, the force of Tikanga, the awareness of Tikanga, what does that do in a society where Māori are supposedly second class citizens on their own Tangata whenua and where racism is very alive and well in Aotearoa.