Abbey Kayte's journey of reconnection to her own Maori whakapapa (genealogy) and cultural roots is represented in this exhibition, Te Reo O Ta Moko which is her second in London.
Beginning this journey as a teenager when she first learned of her Maori descent, Abbey says she always felt a sense of dislocation and disconnection along with a deep desire to understand where she came from. Now, in her 30's Abbey feels very privileged to work with the people she depicts. Individuals, all of whom have given their time, energy and endorsement and allowed her to express their stories and imagery in her art.
The artists current cultural advisor is Ripeka Hook from NZ based organisation Whanau Ora, who works closely with her to ensure all cultural protocols around the sharing of ta moko have been adhered to along with all of the models/muses she has worked with.