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 was 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 considered 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 employed 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 was curated by Amy Weng, was proudly supported by the Asian Aotearoa Arts Huì and hosted by MEANWHILE gallery.

 

 

 

Arapeta Ashton and Wai Ching Chan,   video still.

Arapeta Ashton and Wai Ching Chan, video still.

a temple, a commons, and a cave was open from

12 - 29 September

Opening Night: Wednesday 12 September

Meanwhile Gallery, 99/2 Willis St, Wellington