St Paul st Gallery AUT

Past Exhibitions

PhD exhibition: Layne Waerea: Free injunctions

25 November 2016 - 9 December 2016

Gallery Two

Layne Waerea, Free instructional video: How to catch air, 2014.

Art interventions as agency in the production of socio-legal subjectivities not yet imagined or realised

This PhD project considers how socio-legal performance, as a series of art interventions in public spaces, might operate to question and critique social and legal norms that govern and give licence to a preferred social behaviour in the public realm. Interventions that recognise and acknowledge the hegemonic relationships of space/place over time and, notwithstanding their public compliance and production, reveal alternative socio-legal subjectivities involved in negotiating the competing interests and rights of an individual, present in the everyday.

This practice-led research presents performance, installation, and image as provocation and (floating) alibi to the actions and ideas across social, cultural and legal disciplines, contained within the artwork. A question significant to this project has asked how the Treaty of Waitangi (1840), as Aotearoa New Zealand’s only and living treaty with Māori, may continue to operate as a cultural/political force that contributes to the ongoing development of the socio-cultural fabric of this country. The interventions described herein explore the contribution that contemporary socio-legal artistic performances can make to reveal the tension, inherent in the 1840 agreement between British colonisers and Māori, as continuing to affect the very foundations of law in Aotearoa New Zealand today. Performances that trespass across socio-cultural, physical and virtual spaces, suggesting the possibilities of blended hegemonies and socio-cultural subjectivities not yet imagined or realised.

This exhibition was developed in conjunction with practice-led PhD research at Auckland University of Technology.

Please note this exhibition will be closed to the public from 5 December through to 8 December.