"Kaikohe is a small town located in Northland, a town that reflects the village culture my fāmili (family) were accustomed to back in Tonga. My ongo mātu'a (parents) made the decision to raise our fāmili in Kaikohe. They left their fonua in exchange for the whenua in Aotearoa. As my father had said, “To’uanga fiemalie pe, he teu ave koe ki Nusila mo fanau”, God had brought us here. My parents’ migration brought about a shift in perception, towards the idea that value was only obtained through Western knowledge.
The Button knot: holding what was separated together
The ‘Caisson’ knot: establishing connection to the ‘world’ and us
The Endless knot: Typically seen as the ‘good luck knot’; ultimate, eternal blessings, friendship and connection
Wishing Well is part of an ongoing research project by artist Wai Ching Chan that takes Chinese Knots 中国结 as a starting point to explore relationships between tauiwi and Tangata Whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand.
How do we use history to tell our own stories? How do we use our own stories to talk about history?
Where do we site the act of witnessing? What is the role of the individual in observing, accessing, or interpreting historical events? When we reach out to the past, how do we account for the place we are standing?
When we make work about the past, what is our responsibility to the truth? What are the truths we choose?
Curated by Anna Rankin and Selina Ershadi
Wednesday 24–Saturday 27 April
Please join us for Home Movies, a series of screenings of films by Jonas Mekas, Chantal Akerman, Moyra Davey and Agnès Varda from Wednesday 24– Saturday 27 April.
Home Movies includes works by experimental filmmakers which belong, in part, to a lineage and mode of home movies, film diaries and personal documentary. Each of these works reach beyond and toward each other, crossing time and threading evocations of memory, family, displacement and loss.
Opening Thursday 14 March, 5.30 p.m.
Artist talk Wednesday 10 April, 6 p.m.
Dreaming of Lulu is a solo exhibition by Pōneke-based artist Christopher Ulutupu. Reimagining music videos for 1970s Samoan love songs from groups such as Punialavaa, Penina Tiafau, Tiama’a, this is the first iteration of a new body of work by Ulutupu called 5 songs that explores music’s ability to travel across diasporic, cultural and intergenerational spaces.
Berlin-based artist Susan Philipsz gives an overview of her practice in the context of her new installation at Adam Art Gallery, 'White Flood'. The Turner Prize-winning artist has exhibited widely, producing evocative sound works for unusual locations—for example, under a bridge, in an abandoned train station—and for major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London’s Tate Modern.
Passages: Luke Fowler, Florian Hecker, Susan Philipsz
Curated by Stephen Cleland
Opening hours: Tuesdays-Sundays 11am-5pm
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi launches its 2019 programme with Passages, which features three substantial presentations by Susan Philipsz (Scotland), Luke Fowler (Scotland) and Florian Hecker (Germany). All three artists are internationally renowned for their work with sound.
Luke Fowler presents GLYPHS (Tapes from Martin's Archive)
By Fowler/Karel (2017)
For this one-off performance, Luke Fowler presents rare material adapted from the work of late Canadian electroacoustic composer Martin Bartlett. The quadrophonic concert is comprised of new work produced entirely from the late composer’s unreleased and little-known reel to reels. The compositions were digitised by Fowler as part of his research process in making Electro-Pythagorus, one of two films in Passages. General admission, free entry.