Fiona Pardington (b. 1961) Mauria Mai, Tono Ano (Bringing to Light/Claiming Again) 2001 gelatin silver photograph 875 x 735mm (framed), 558 x 438mm (image) Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection

Fiona Pardington’s Mauria Mai, Tono Ano (Bringing to Light/Claiming Again) is a series of seven gelatin silver photographic prints. Each photograph depicts a Ngāi Tahu hei tiki, or greenstone pendant, from the Auckland Museum collection. Pardington works within museums to record forgotten Māori ancestral treasures and other objects from New Zealand’s past. Through her artistic practice, Pardington highlights moments in New Zealand history and represents them to a contemporary audience. In Mauria Mai, Tono Ano (Bringing to Light/Claiming Again), each hei tiki is presented at the scale of a portrait. Her deeply toned black and white photographs demonstrate a mastery of analogue darkroom techniques. The greenstone appears sculpted by the light and shade, as if it is alive.