Friday, April 23, 2010

Habeas Corpus Collective – T[error] 28th April – 23rd May

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Centre of Contemporary Art
Street: 66 Gloucester Street
City/Town: Christchurch, New Zealand

Corban Estate Arts Centre studio artists Donna Sarten and Bernie Harfleet are part of the 'Habeas Corpus Collective' who have a show opening at CoCA in Christchurch on April 27.
The 'Habeas Corpus collective' is committed to making social and political art in order to raise awareness, stimulate thoughtfulness, and act as a catalyst for debate amongst audiences.
Formed in 2007 the collective is made up of four artists - Donna Sarten, Bernie Harfleet, and Jude Nye from New Zealand, and Dusty Rabjohn from United States. In their exhibition at the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), the New Zealand members of the group (Sarten, Harfleet and Nye) focus on aspects of 'T[error]' both locally and globally, from the past and in the present.
Donna Sarten's work reflects on New Zealand's involvement in Wars past, and looks at contemporary conflict, with the American presence in Iraq. Bernie Harfleet looks at the effects on the people and the native flora and fauna by the colonisation of New Zealand, and then reflects on New Zealand's high rate of child mortality through abuse. He also presents work looking at iconic historical images of terror and links them to the iconology of commercialism.
Modern technology has created the mobile phone, something that has now become indispensable in our daily lives. In her work, Jude Nye questions the constructive power of such technology, reflecting on its destructive force as used in acts of torture and terrorism.


‘We know who you are’ Fusion (1) Bernie Harfleet

'Operation Freedom' Donna Sarten

'Support the Troops' Donna Sarten

'Support the Troops' (detail)

'Bears'Bernie Harfleet

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