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Kogachi’s paintings render domestic scenes in monumental scale. Awkward and humourous, they capture a rivalrous, sometimes tense, relationship between mother and child. Here, a kitchen, dining room, living room or bedroom become an arenas for conflict. Kogachi invites the viewer to become a kind of referee, to arbitrate who’s right and who’s wrong, who’s just and unjust, where power lies, or simply to derive a morbid pleasure in witnessing private disputes unfold in public.

For MOM, ARE WE FRIENDS?, Kogachi has painted directly onto the walls of MEANWHILE, inserting smaller canvases into the visual space of these scenes—punctuating the space as mise-en-scene. Replacing the bright, dramatic colours of her previous canvas works with a more restricted palette, Kogachi transforms the gallery’s architecture into a stage upon which the ambivalence of familial intimacy is played out in larger-than-life scale.


Claudia Kogachi was born in Awaji-Shima, Japan and is based in Auckland. She graduated with a BFA (Hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 2017. Recent exhibitions include You’re not a princess, you know, Window, Auckland (2018); Dog Pit, Saatchi & Saatchi & Saatchi, Auckland (2018); Hound Dog, Franklin Arts Centre, Auckland (2018); The Protagonist, Project Space, University of Auckland (2017); Spaces In Between, George Fraser Gallery, University of Auckland (2017); Contact: Foreign and Familiar, The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii (2016); Under Pressure, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii (2016).

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