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26 Mar 2019

'Layover', BC Collective with Louisa Afoa, Edith Amituanai

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Artspace Aotearoa


'Layover': Open Now until Saturday 25 May 2019 Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday* 11am - 4pm *During Exhibitions

Geneva Alexander-Marsters
+64 9 3034965

Artspace Aotearoa
Level 1, 300 Karangahape Rd
1145 Auckland
Aotearoa New Zealand

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Friday 15 March - Saturday 25 May 2019

BC Collective (Ngāpuhi, Tainui, Alofi, Liku, Lakota Sioux) with Louisa Afoa (Sāmoa)
Edith Amituanai (Sāmoa)

A layover, as the middle point of journey, can act as a moment of respite. It can also encompass a delayed arrival, a change in direction, and the anticipation of the next movement. A layover then, is about being-in-motion. For 'Layover', this concept of being-in-motion is used as a tool to discuss the complex ways in which culture moves physically, spatially and over time. How do we actualise a 'home' within moments of movement? Delving into these questions, 'Layover' includes new commissions alongside existing work from Edith Amituanai and BC Collective with Louisa Afoa.

Edith Amituanai has developed ongoing photographic studies of Sāmoan homes over 15 years. Today, more Sāmoans live in diaspora than in Sāmoa itself. By observing the homes of this transnational population, specifically the homes of global family members, Amituanai makes visible the ways in which Fa'a Sāmoa culture travels and adapts. For Daniel Twiss and Cora Allan Wickliffe of BC Collective, homelands span Te-Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa to Turtle Island meaning that someone must always be away for the other to be home. Through shared experiences of Indigeneity across cultural and geographic contexts, BC Collective play with iconography of home using story, food, hiapo and ceramics.

'Layover' is the second iteration of an ongoing curatorial project which was initiated in 2017 at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane culminating in the exhibition 'The Commute', with the third iteration called 'Transits and Returns' to open at Vancouver Art Gallery in September 2019. 'Layover' then marks the mid-point of an exhibition journey too. Within this ongoing movement, 'Layover' offers a place to be still, a site of consideration, a moment in transit, and the chance to look forward into the past.

'Layover' is a collaborative project led by Indigenous curators Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Eshraghi (Sāmoa, Irān, Guangdong), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian) and Lana Lopesi (Sāmoa).