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Art & Change gallery, Level 5, Te PapaPrevious Exhibition
Industry encroaching on the landscape. Foreign impact on local cultures. The man-made replacing the organic. And - despite it all - surprising beauty and a strong sense of home.
In this space, named after the Trinity Roots song, our eyes turn to the changing Pacific and New Zealand’s place within it. We travel from Binney’s soaring frigate bird of 1968, to assemblages of industrial remnantst, to a necklace made of discarded soy-sauce bottles - and beyond. The works ask: How far beyond our shores do our responsibilities extend? As Ian Wedde wrote in his poem ‘Pathway to the Sea’, a collaboration with Ralph Hotere:
… but then we know, don’t we,
citizen, that there’s nowhere
to defect to, & that
living in the
any place to chuck
Home, Land, & Sea originally included Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert's Pathway to the sea/Aramoana (1991). The work was removed in July 2013 for conservation treatment.