what we see, what we say
Opening: Tues, 18 September at 6:00 pm. including live performances of Music and Calligraphy sponsored by the Chinese Cultural Center
The term ‘Asian’ floats frequently in the national media. It’s inhabitants neatly homogenised under one term implies a single people or culture. Spoken of, but rarely to, the opinions, thoughts or observations remain silent. The creators associate their origins in Asia. They are however all individuals. Invariably, the enquiries are turned toward themselves, their friends, the environment, contemporary culture, history and so on.
This exhibition is developed by students from Victoria University School of Design first year paper, "Photographics" which is open to all students at Te Aro, Kelburn and Pipitea. They are not photography students, however through the use of photography, they develop critical and discipline specific enquiries. Employing their skills, they made digital models, furniture, found sponsors, wrote essays, brewed and so on. The exhibition WHAT WE SEE, WHAT WE SAY exposes the concerns of youth and their expectations as individual identities in New Zealand.
The exhibition includes a public lecture with a renowned international artist, William Yang from Australia in Victoria University School of Design Lecture Theater 1[LT01] Tuesday 18th September. Tea and Mooncakes from at 1:10 pm, Talk from 1:40 pm.
Concept & Curation
Concept/Director Dr. Mizuho Nishioka, Lecturer in Photography and Communication Design, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design
Curation Tane Moleta, Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Digital Design Technologies, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture
Photographic work by
Dhia Rezki Rohaizad (Malaysia_BCOM), Ziqi Zhan (China_BAS), Thuy Tien Le Phan (Vietnam_BAS), Benjamin Hau (Hong Kong/NZ_BAS), Patrick Kim (Korea_BAS), Jonathan Casil (Philippines_BDI), John Francis Estacio (Philippines_BBSC), Peilin Yang (China_BDI), Wanli Xu (China_BDI), Feiwen Li (China_BA), Mingyuan Yu (China_BDI), Shuangyan Xu (China_BDI), Haiyun Kang (China_BDI)
Written work by
Hannah Rushton (Singapore/NZ_BAS/BA)
Furniture design by
Cyrus Qureshi (Pakistan_MARCH), Duong Nguyen (Vietnam_MARCH)
Our exhibition plays with the conflict between the realm of accepted society and the battle with our own unique personalities that stretch beyond these confines. The artworks pry into the concept of group dynamics and the individual, to assumptions about reality and how the lone soul is woven into a culture of societal expectations.
In his work Roger Key enjoys playing with the complexities of human existence. “My work tends to posses a dark underbelly and absurdity, which for me is reflective of daily life. Ultimately it comes down to the individual trying to navigate their way through it all and make some sort of sense of it.”
Zoe Knighton’s work juxtaposes the mundane with the unexpected, focusing attention on the façade or the performance of roles individuals play. A reminder that we seldom experience the genuine, instead inhabiting a constructed reality which obscures the truth.
Roger Key and Zoe Knighton are both Wellington based artists and will be making art onsite during the exhibition week.
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Humming of Strings
Stringed guitars, 3 years in the making.
Since 2015 I have ventured into the making of stringed instruments. One of my first instrumental experiments was a single string called a Diddly Bow, inspired by the Jack White. I quickly followed in the footsteps of the 1 string and went on to make these stringed musical instruments from 1 to 7 strings, each instrument having its own set of problem solving processes and creative developments. All of these instruments are made from found objects, re-purposed antiques and custom made components. I thoroughly enjoy working in this way, as each instrument is a unique and individual sculpture on its own.
Over the next 18 months I will continue to make more instruments, it is my goal to make a 10 stringed music instrument. My aim is to create an electric stringed ensemble called “10 Guitars and the Interactive Monster “
This exhibition is my half waypoint and is part of promoting my bigger goal. This body of sculptural instruments showcases all the works I have made to date, some are experiments and some have a more specific purpose, all are electric and rather eccentric works of art in their own way.
Included in the exhibition will be a number of large drawings by my partner Gabrielle Edmonds. These drawings are a response to the instruments and adds another visual element to the show.
Kaori (1983, Japan) is an artist who works mainly with painting and drawing.
Always fascinated by the representation of the female form and mind, she takes her inspiration in the ordinary life around her to find and portray the extraordinary.
Since she moved to New-Zealand in 2016, she has been profoundly inspired by the culture, the nature and, above all, the people in her everyday. She is now excited to share her artwork with the community and humbly hopes to give back some of the inspiration she received from the people of Wellington.
Kaori principally uses acrylics and inks to create her art. After studying oil painting and graduating from the Tokyo University of Arts, she had multiple solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo and is also a regular seller at Art markets. Kaori has also been painting backgrounds for Japanese animation.
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