I thought I would have climbed more mountains by now

Bridget Reweti
AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND, 2013, DIGITAL, 5 MIN
ENGLISH/TE REO MĀORI

 

Mountain climbing is analogous with conquering. Layering this colonial notion of domination is the religious rhetoric that settled with it, because it’s the mountaintop where men meet God. In the Adams Wilderness Area is the Garden of Eden Ice Plateau featuring such names as Eve’s Rib, Cain’s Glacier, Angel col, the Devil’s Backbone, and the Great Unknown. “How can we sing the Lord’s song, in a strange land?” - Psalm 137:4

  • Bridget Reweti is an artist and curator from Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi in Tauranga Moana, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the 2020–21 Frances Hodgkins Fellow at Otago University, co-edits ATE Journal of Māori Art and has a collaborative practice with Mata Aho Collective.