Darcell Apelu

Next time (2019)

4 min 27 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"Next time is a response to the experience and aftermath of visiting Niue as the lafaiki Artist in residence 2018. The work is also a continuation from previous work I can see you for who you really are exhibited at Mangere Arts Centre in 2017 which explored morphing imagery to create a narrative to define a position of Niueaness/Pacificness, a naïve point of view through a Western lens, a voyeuristic relationship.

The experience of the residency, though essential to initiate understanding of Niueaness/Pacificness has still left a sense of unknowing, a type of awkwardness. The imagery within the work are moments of experience that connect/disconnect and are defined memories. There is a constant want to understand more and create further familial connections."

Artist's statement

Other works by Darcell Apelu

CIRCUIT is the
leading voice
for artist moving image
in Aotearoa New Zealand,
distributing works,
critical review and
which reflect our unique, contemporary
South Pacific context.