Sara Tautuku Orme, (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngāti Whakaue) based in Aotearoa, New Zealand, uncovers the daily life of human experience around her. The diversity in her personal life, referencing both feminism and biculturalism, forms the basis of her photographic practice.
After completing a Sociology degree, majoring in Feminist studies & Ethnicity, at Canterbury University, she went on to study photography with a focus on research, documentary and portraiture.
Sara’s work is an investigation of sociological landscapes of both herself and those around her which weave through and untangle notions of identity, spirit and culture.
Her community, feminism and whanau (family) continue to be central to her work.
Her pioneering project, This Is Not The Red Carpet, 1993, focused on the wider context of gender inequality and has gained relevance in the wake of #MeToo.
With the need to support her family, her personal work gave way to commercial photography where she ran a studio for 20 years. With a grown up family Sara is now able to emerge and return to personal photographic work and pick up where she left off in the late 1990’s.
Sara’s latest long-term documentary project, Te Teko, draws strongly on the experiences of her own extended family, indigenous to Aotearoa, New Zealand, and the generations who have gone before them. Her interest is on the complexity of colonisation in New Zealand and the wider world as well as the consequences of dislocation for her iwi (tribe)over a century later.
In addition Sara has been included in many group exhibitions, panels, artist talks and notable interviews in New Zealand. Recent appearances include; Aotearoa Women In Photography 2020, Womens Work 2021, Herstory and National museum,Te Papa. She was a finalist for Lensculture critics choice awards 2020 and has been invited to exhibit in PHOTO 2022 produced by Photo Australia.