Connecting to the collections: Carrying Aotearoa’s queer memories, 18 June 2024

Tuesday 18 June 2024, 12pm to 1pm

Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa volunteer Reuben Love will discuss how public programming and taonga can engage with and strengthen our queer communities in Aotearoa.

Kawe Mahara — To carry our queer memories 

Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa (formerly known as the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa) is a rich pātaka of queer taonga and stories. 

Kawe means ‘to carry, convey, bear’ and mahara means ‘memory, recollection, knowledge’. Kawe Mahara stands for carrying the memories of all our takatāpui and queer communities in Aotearoa from the past, present and future, so that our communities can grow and thrive. 

Having survived an arson attack in the 1980s, and kept alive by volunteers through decades of discrimination, Kawe Mahara is a testament to the power of community archives. 

Public programming as archival justice 

The Public Engagement team at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa has worked with Kawe Mahara’s collections and Aotearoa’s queer communities to create zines, celebrate key anniversaries, create intergenerational art and facilitate kōrero that supports stronger relationships and understandings between generations and between the Library and Aotearoa’s queer communities. 

Join event coordinator Reuben Love as they kōrero to how artistic expression, public programming, and community outreach can respond to historical and ongoing silences within our queer archives. 

They will also share their exciting work with the Board of Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa in inaugurating Aotearoa’s first Queer History Month in July 2024.

About the speaker

Reuben Love (he/they) (Pākehā) is a volunteer kairuruku kaupapa with Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa and a kairuruku kaupapa with Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa. They are excited by the potential of weaving stronger queer connections between communities and institutions.

More information can be found here.