Héloïse Bergman is a New Zealand photographic artist currently based in London. After having spent more than twelve years photographing Time Out city guidebooks around the world, she recently completed an MA in photography. During the past year, her work has been exhibited by invitation at both the London and New York Photo Festivals.
Bergman is currently working on several long-term photo-documentary projects. One of these projects, 'Tā Moko - Modern Māori Warriors' is presented as a series of staged portraits documenting the revival of Tā Moko, or facial tattoos, within New Zealand's indigenous Māori community. During the past 18 months she has travelled to New Zealand twice, researched the subject extensively, studied the Maori language and embarked on an extended road trip of the North Island where she interviewed and photographed Maoris with Tā Moko.
'As a New Zealander, I am proud of our indigenous culture, and as a photographer, the natural way for me to channel this pride is to document it for future generations. Here in Europe, it's hard to imagine facial tattoos as mainstream; but the people I have photographed include teachers, nurses, artists, journalists, carers, prison staff, and a city councilor. My aim is to create a historic documentation of all the amazing people who have revived this ancient tradition and wear facial tā moko as a way of reclaiming their cultural identity and heritage. I plan to return to New Zealand and continue this work, and I hope, with external funding, to establish a mentoring program encouraging young Māori photographers to create a complete nationwide archive of all those who currently wear tā moko.'
- Name: Héloïse Bergman
- Website: www.heloisebergman.com
- Discipline: PHOTOGRAPHER