A TEMPLE, A COMMONS, AND A CAVE
ARAPETA ASHTON, WAI CHING CHAN, KAORU KODAMA, PENG JIHENG, THOMAS LAWLEY, AYA YAMASHITA
CURATED BY AMY WENG
12 - 29 SEPTEMBER
A temple, a commons, and a cave is conceived as an urban enquiry into how disparate social, cultural and political genealogies intersect within a singular site. Woven together from the drift of ideas and peoples from across the Asia-Pacific region, this exhibition considers the following: how do we shape our environment, and how does our environment shape us?
Woven together from the drift of ideas and peoples from across the Asia-Pacific region, a temple, a commons, and a cave is conceived as an urban enquiry into how disparate social, cultural and political genealogies intersect within a singular site.
Presenting a range of video, sculptural and sound-based works, the artists in this exhibition employ a multiplicity of languages and strategies – translation and mimicry, deconstruction and whakawhanaungatanga – to navigate relationships with the present and with each other. Spaces of friendship and benevolence coexist alongside sites of creative labour. Overlapping histories and ideologies are mapped out on a malleable topography, providing playful interpretations of our current critical moment in the South Pacific.
a temple, a commons, and a cave is curated by Amy Weng, and is proudly supported by the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui.
About the contributors:
Amy Weng is an art writer and creative practitioner based in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. She is the founder of www.hainamana.com, a website dedicated to fostering contemporary Asian New Zealand art and culture, and was the organiser of the 2017 Asia Aotearoa Artists Hui. Recent projects include Orange Pekoe, Window Gallery (2017), and Remedial Learning, RM Gallery (2017) a curatorial project that proposes alternative bodies of knowledge as sites for healing. She has also contributed to websites such as The Pantograph Punch, Tusk Emergent Culture, Peril Magazine (AU) and Eye Contact.
Arapeta Ashton is a Takatāpui artist of Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Porou, and Muriwhenua decent. Arapeta is a recent BFA(Hons) graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts, and is currently researching an MFA. Their practice navigates between performance, moving image, and Māori material arts, exploring kaupapa around identity, indigenous practices, time and space.
Wai Ching Chan is a recent BFA(Hons) graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts. Her research is influenced by discourses around Cultural Studies, Social Studies, Postcolonial theory, diaspora and displacement. She is currently navigating her research around being tauiwi.
Kaoru Kodama studies and lives in Auckland. She completed a BFA(Hons) at the Elam School of Fine Arts in 2017 and is currently completing a BA at the University of Auckland. She is interested in the ways dominant ideologies play out in social relations and works primarily with time based media. Recent projects include Remedial Learning at RM Gallery, Auckland.
Peng Jiheng is studying at Elam School of Fine Arts and practicing in both China and New Zealand. Peng is interested in the relationship between Chinese and Western culture in the era of globalisation and the internet; he also questions if it could go beyond the political context. Peng is influenced by minimalism, post-colonialism and post-internet art. His core practice is about the creation and deconstruction of symbol, language and cultural representation in different social context. As a multi-media artist, technology has always been an important part of Peng’s practice, with digital and physical methods of manipulation, he explores his concepts without the constraint of medium. In 2018, Peng undertook a Red Gate International Artist Residency in Beijing.
Aya Yamashita is a Japanese-born artist. She completed a Fine Arts (Honours) degree from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2016, and is currently studying towards her Masters degree in Primary teaching in Auckland. Her interest is in the way art might contribute to the possibility of relearning; of slowing down the process of doing, looking, listening and feeling, to actively participate in moments of presence in the Everyday. Her latest exhibition includes traces: the part encounters the whole (2018) - tacit gallery, Hamilton., I Live For That Energy (2017) - Studio One Toi Tū, Auckland.