Alex Monteith

Coastal Flows, Coastal Incursions (2019)

2 min 22 sec4 channel installation / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"...Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions (is) a multi-disciplinary research project that focusses on a collection of material removed from tauwhare/shelters and other sites in the wider coastal region of Te Mimi o Tū Te Rakiwhānoa (Fiordland coastal and marine area) between 1968-1972 during excavations by archaeologist Peter Coutts.

Material related to these excavations are now held in the collections of Southland Museum and Art Gallery Niho o Te Taniwha, Otago Museum and Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena.

In the 2019 iteration of Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions Monteith uses her contemporary practice to activate multi-disciplinary research, collaborating with mana whenua, archaeologists, artists, and museums and galleries.

The exhibition presents Monteith’s new video works, alongside a real-time process of inventorying collections of midden material loaned from Southland and Otago museums, performed by collaborators Vicki Lenihan (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu), Koreana Wesley-Evans (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) and Baylee Smith (Ngāti Maniapoto).

This performance took place in the gallery on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays over the duration of the exhibition.

Other contributors, including Kaihaukai Collective, use their creative responses to re-establish relationships between these museum collections and the different communities who share interests in them."

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

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