Layne Waerea is an Auckland based artist whose practice involves carrying out performance art interventions in public spaces. These interventions seek to question, challenge and even exploit social and legal ambiguities in the public social.
As a woman of Maori (Te Arawa, Ngati Kahungunu) and New Zealand Pakeha descent, with experience practising and lecturing in law, Layne relies on this socio- cultural and legal knowledge to (re)consider the way she operates in the everyday; and how this information can be used to not only challenge but also benefit from any ambiguities of these social or legal norms. These interventions can respond to the current political and cultural news or a significant anniversary or seasonal event. Evidence of these actions is usually recorded to video or still image and despite having the potential to incriminate, is then (re)presented in a public gallery or online.
Layne is currently enrolled in a PhD at AUT University where the main focus of her practice-based research is to see how these performance art interventions can allow us to consider what role te Tiriti o Waitangi can play in the future of Aotearoa. Layne is also the founding member of The Chasing Fog Club (Est. 2014)
weakforce4: Free excuses, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
Transforming Topographies: Free Promises, the 5th Gallery, Auckland