Emily Parr

Te Aroha (2017)

4 min 45 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

Opening with a shot of a digger demolishing the remains of a house, Te Aroha examines the effects of gentrification, and the subsequent eviction of tenants of state housing, in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes.

To foster whanaungatanga in the suburb a weekly waiata group was established, and in this work, Parr documents a performance of the waiata Te Aroha. After they finish, the singers hug and leave the small green plot (where a state house formerly stood) on which they sang. The artist appears in front of camera at the end of the shot, breaking the fourth wall, and announcing herself as documenter of this act of commemoration.

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