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Kaitiaki - Portrait



Sofia Minson

limited edition museum archival print, edition of 95

551 x 729mm, framed size: 810 x 990mm


Prints are created by capturing the original painting as a high resolution digital image. They are then printed using lightfast pigments. Every artwork is titled, numbered with it's unique edition number, dated with the year of printed and signed by Sofia.


"We humans are kaitiaki - guardians and stewards of the natural world. It's not about ownership over land and exclusivity of these people over those people, but a realization of abundance, which breeds harmony. The kinship we have with the natural world can be expressed by managing our environment wisely. Today there is growing interest in kaitiakitanga as iwi (tribes) restore their environment and their culture.

The old man wears Ta Moko Kanohi - full face tattoo. He is no particular person - Minson was looking at Goldie and Lindauer portraits, and dozens of old black and white 20th century photos of Maori. There's a sense of re-creating a centuries-old romanticism and depth, which is a welcomed change in this modern, digital, face-paced world."