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Catherine   Pellini

PhD Student
CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie
Aix-Marseille University (France)
I speak in the following language(s): French, English, Spanish, Italian

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e-toile Pacifique (e-toile)
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New Zealand
Auckland (New Zealand)
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Historical periods
21st century
  • Masters Research (2007 to 2010)
    Adopting tradition while challenging it: being a Māori woman artist in New Zealand — AMU - CREDO
  • PhD Research (2010 to 2015)
    Art and indigenous feminine representations: contemporary art of Māori women. — AMU-CREDO and Ottawa University
    My research deals with the different images of Māori women conveyed by the works and discourses of Māori women artists and explores how they perceive their own practices.
    The theoretical tools provided by the studies on contemporary indigenous art and the indigenous and postcolonial feminist theories and mana wahine theories are used to analyse the productions and discourses of Māori women.
    I examine how the artistic practices and the works of these artists are influenced by the multifaceted realities and identities of Māori women while carrying potentially innovative representations relating to Māori women.

    The following questions guide my research:
    •How is artistic practice used by Māori women for identity building and empowerment purposes?
    •Do these women artists perceive their own artistic practices as revealing of changes regarding the status and roles of women among Māori society, but also in contemporary New Zealand society?

    To answer these questions, I conducted a fieldwork in New-Zealand, mainly in Auckland, for one year (from December 2012 to December 2013).
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