What we do at home: PDX > AKL
Cora-Allan Wickliffe and Daniel Twiss
19 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
Cora-Allan Wickliffe and Daniel Twiss, What we do at home: PDX > AKL (detail), 2017. Courtesy of the artists.
“That blurry line between what should be shared and what should be kept sacred in an institutional space gave us our first rule of engagement. We share what we do in everyday life, at home. This exhibition is an exploration of how we embody being indigenous, through memories and past events. With whānau at the core of our thoughts, we will be intertwining memories to establish how we, as the BC Collective own, learn and are indigenous. The works will be installation based and involve conducting ceremonial / contemporary versions of events. We are hoping to involve different groups that inform ideas of being indigenous and the transmission of knowledge within the family unit and how working as a whānau promotes indigenous ideologies of learning.” — BC Collective
In 2017 Cora-Allan Wickliffe and Daniel Twiss launched the BC Collective. BC stands for ‘Before Cook and Before Columbus’, and was initiated as a way to share, directly engage with and exchange indigenous ideas and concepts. BC Collective will hold the Gallery One space for this exhibition, during which a one-day symposium will be held with invited guests.
Cora-Allan Wickliffe (Ngāpuhi, Tainui, Alofi and Liku) is a multidisciplinary artist of Māori and Niuean descent, originally from Waitakere. In 2016 she returned to Aotearoa after working at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Canada. Her practice often examines constructed identifies of indigenous people, finding new ways to provide educative experiences through social art platforms. Cora-Allan has worked as a curator, preparator, photographer, artist and educator. In 2013, she completed her MA in Visual Art at AUT University.
Daniel Twiss (Lakota, Sioux, Rosebud Reservation) was raised in Vancouver, Washington. His family relocated for a year to the Coeur D’alene Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho. His late father Richard Twiss was the co-founder of the Wiconi organisation and a Professor of Native American Studies at Portland State University. Under his influence, Daniel took up Grass Dancing and joined the International Dancing our Prayers Tour in 2003, which created the platform for his involvement in Indigenous conferences and gatherings. Since then, he has attended and danced at numerous Indigenous events including NAIITS Symposium, Vancouver, Canada (2011); Rosebud Immersion Experience, Rosebud Reservation, USA (2012); Surrender in the Desert Conference, Alice Springs, Australia (2012) and Good Water Conference, Turangi, Aotearoa (2015).
Between you and me
Louisa Afoa, Natasha Matila-Smith and Molly Rangiwai-McHale
19 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Love and Affection (installation detail), mixed media, 2018.
Between you and me continues a conversation between three practitioners who work across sculpture, painting, vinyl and video installation. The works are developed as a second chapter to the earlier exhibition Heavenly Creatures at Verge Gallery, Sydney, 2018. The artists don’t claim to speak for everyone, but represent three perspectives amongst the many diverse voices of people in Aotearoa. While these three women share commonalities, it is their points of difference which underpins their works for these exhibitions.
Natasha Matila-Smith (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine) is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau, with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. Her practice often deals with social interactions and anxieties. Natasha’s recent exhibitions include Heavenly Creatures, Verge Gallery (Sydney), 2018; You’re my number 1, Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney); In The Flesh, Blue Oyster art project space (Dunedin) and Cold Islanders, Waikato Museum of Art and History (Hamilton), all 2017.
Molly Rangiwai-McHale is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Auckland. Her practice is centred on WoC in her life, and the experiences shared with them. Her latest projects have been in collaboration with her partner Luisa Tora, in which they have photographed queer identifying women in their lives.
Louisa Afoa is a Tāmaki Makaurau based artist. She graduated from AUT with Honours in Visual Art in 2016. Louisa’s practice deals with social encounters that relate to experiences of prejudice, misconceptions and racism towards brown bodies. Selected recent exhibitions include Heavenly Creatures, Verge Gallery (Sydney), 2018; Influx, Pātaka (Porirua); Cold Islanders, Waikato Museum of Art and History (Hamilton), and I’ll see you at Orion, Corban Estate Arts Centre (Tāmaki Makaurau), all 2017; and New Perspectives, Artspace (Tāmaki Makaurau), 2016.