Image still from Jamie's collaborative work titled  'Karanga'.

Image still from Jamie's collaborative work titled 'Karanga'.

Jamie Ani Eritana Berry belongs to the Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Ngāti Porou, and Ngā Puhi tribes of Aotearoa.

She is a multidisciplinary artist who explores her DNA and identity through visual projection, soundscape and installation.

Jamie is a devoted Aunty to sixteen tamariki who are her main motivation to assist in building a brighter future for our next generation and the many to come.

Originally from Turanganui-a-kiwa, Jamie is now based in Poneke and draws inspiration from both locations. The Tairawhiti will always be her home - a space to gather source from whānau, Papatūānuku, and wai.

By day, Jamie works for CORE Digital, creating digital content for the education sector.

Invited to exhibit in “Strength in Visions” Fringe Festival Melbourne 2017, the concept ‘Karanga’ came from the curator of the show who was an ex-pat wāhine Māori from Aotearoa, and the work acknowledges those children of the diaspora, in particular the diasporas of Aotearoa and Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, who have settled in Australia - calling to them from across the sea.

The audio content in her work titled ‘Karanga’ is based on Jamie’s DNA chromosome sequence coded to indigenous instruments that Jamie has whakapapa back too, layered with natural elements and the powerful karanga call, the soundscape is one of Jamie’s favourite parts of the creative process, created as if you are traveling to and from the past to the present/future. The sound of ancestors being present gives a direct connection to our wairua.

The visual content is then driven and guided by the narrative of the soundscape - acknowledgement of tūpuna, Papatūānuku, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, the present moment and grounding healthy seeds for our future DNA holders.

’Karanga’ is a collaborative project with work from Pikihuia Haenga, Leala Faleseuga and Jamie Berry. Featuring mana wāhine from our whānau and collectives from around Aotearoa. Witnessing wāhine in their talents thriving is the best part of the collaborative process, as well as revealing the end result of all that energy and goodness.

Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery is proud to often feature various film art works and provocative installations by Jamie Berry at some of our special live events and exhibition openings.

Image still from Jamie's collaborative video project titled  'Breaking the glass ceiling'.

Image still from Jamie's collaborative video project titled 'Breaking the glass ceiling'.

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