Kahurangiariki Smith’s art addresses the history of colonisation, the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge and the present-day, lived consequences of historical events in New Zealand. The video installation He Tangi Aroha–Mama Don’t Cry (2019) expands on the Māori history of oral knowledge-sharing by reimagining her mother’s kōrero (story) in a karaoke-esque format. Featuring bright colours, a nostalgic, wide-screen format and abstract landscapes, MāoriGirl (2022) is a role-playing video game that reinvents the story of a woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology.
Hina (2022) is a neon pink LED depiction of a Māori female spiritual deity known variously as Hina, Ina, Sina and Hine, and often associated with the phases of the moon. A ripply body of water in front reflects the sculpture, reminiscent of a bright moon shining above the ever-moving sea.