Blue Oyster is pleased to present Hā, an exhibition of new work by Moana Nui a Toi-based artist, Arapeta Ashton. Hā explores ways of seeing and understanding Parakiekie through the creative process, from a plant—kiekie—through to its final form as kākahu.
Religion and empire collide and convolute, binding itself to the settler state. It forcibly assimilates subjects into the colonial body—a good body, a moral body, a silent body.
UKU//UTU aims to disrupt the structure of a formal exhibition as a site for wānanga, where practitioners and guests with specialist knowledge will facilitate discussion around uku and its impact on relationships with ourselves, other people and places.
OTHER [ōtepoti chinese] investigates the experiences of Chinese people in Ōtepoti, asking what it means to be Chinese—ethnically, culturally and socially—here and now.
If you have nothing nice to say considers the notion of empathy in public spaces; text and audio are used to explore the act of public platitude, as seen on people’s bodies, clothing and transportation.
Under the guise of a double agent, working as Bookings Coordinator/Official Artist in Residence at a luxury car dealership, Elisabeth Pointon’s practice investigates how shared spaces are becoming sites for communal isolation.
Formations, presented as a series of glazed experiments with local rocks and materials applied to fired pottery, has been developed according to the movement of water relating to the land and landscapes of Ōtepoti.
Māori Girl is a new solo exhibition by recently relocated Ōtepoti-based artist, Ayesha Green, and looks to a wider understanding of relationships in our contemporary context, asking specifically, what does whanaungatanga mean in a bicultural nation?
Trace Music invites six contemporary sound makers from throughout Aotearoa NZ present their individual interpretations of trace as it relates to their musical/theoretical/sonic/artistic practices.
This week, between exhibitions and events, Blue Oyster staff will be undertaking an internal organisational ‘audit’ with the aim of better understanding our exhibition programme, events, workshops and publishing as resources and educational tools.