a temple, a commons, and a cave

Albert Ashton & Wai Ching Chan

Kaoru Kodama

Peng Jiheng & Thomas Lawley

Aya Yamashita

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 consider the following: how do we shape our environment, and how does our environment shape us?

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 sleek neoliberalism. 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, is proudly supported by the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui and hosted by Meanwhile Gallery.




Arapeta Ashton and Wai Ching Chan,   video still.

Arapeta Ashton and Wai Ching Chan, video still.

Wednesday 12 September - Saturday 29 September:

Opening 5:30pm  Wednesday 12 September

Open daily 12 - 5:30 pm Wednesday to Saturday

Meanwhile Gallery, 99/2 Willis St, Wellington