Save the date for ST PAUL St Symposium 2018!
Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August 2018
Ellen Melville Centre
The two-day event will be part of a collective enquiry initiated by Charlotte Huddleston with Abby Cunnane and Balamohan Shingade titled Two Oceans at Once, which focuses on new programming structures and conceptual frameworks for exhibition making to be realised at ST PAUL St Gallery in 2019.
From 2019 ST PAUL ST Gallery is undertaking a shift in programme structure. This will unfold as an ongoing project of collective enquiry called Two Oceans at Once. On a practical level, this involves changing the exhibition timetable to a two-part year, aligning with the two-semester structure of the University. Conceptually, it will be shaped by three core interrelated kaupapa: language, knowledge, and love. This new programme reflects structurally that we are in a constant state of becoming, and ‘coming into relationship with’ our context, as embodied by attitudes of manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga.
Two Oceans at Once is named from a story by Uruguayan journalist and poet Eduardo Galeano, in which he retells the commonly known history of the world in 600 short episodes.* Two Oceans at Once takes on the impetus of retelling, within the cultural context of Aotearoa. In this we attend to both local and global contexts, and to developing relationships which are open to multiple ways of thinking and being. Questioning established thinking and practices, the intention is to activate change within dominant institutionalised attitudes, and their manifestation as inequity. At the foundation of this shift is a commitment to building an attitude that, even as it may rage against injustice as a form of negation, is pursued with love.
*Eduardo Galeano, ‘Americans’ in Mirrors: Stories of almost everyone, Trans. Mark Fried. New York: Nation Books, 2009.