Friday, February 8, 2013

Visual cultures influence visual artists
in Corban Estate Art Centre’s exhibitions

Corban Estate Arts Centre presents three new exhibitions each influenced by distinct visual cultures, from the Tongan lashing art form, to research into China’s contemporary art scene and a symbol of New Zealand’s colonial identity on display from 1 March to 7 April 2013.

Internationally recognised artist, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi bases this contemporary exhibition on lalava, the traditional Tongan art form of lashing. Tohi’s exhibition Hau Kihe Poini - Come to a Point, features lalava forms in many materials, including stone, wood and wool. Visitors will be invited to explore lalava by adding to Tohi’s ever changing interactive work throughout the exhibition.

Bonfires of 1986 by Wellington based artist, Kate Woods features a new series of photographs developed on an Asia NZ Foundation residency in Beijing. During the residency Woods investigated the establishment of China’s contemporary art scene focused on the performance art group, Xiamen Dada.  Woods reassembles elements of their infamous artworks into unique photographic arrangements that combine photography, painting and sculpture.

In LAST, West Auckland based artist Jason Hall carves pickets out of marble to honour his uncles lost in World War I.  Hall works with the picket fence to examine the colonial identity of being Pakeha. Hall will give a tour of Opanuku Bridge, his public artwork based on local picket traditions as part of his artist talk on Saturday 16 March, 11am.

All three artists will present a variety of exhibition talks for the public. Visit for further details.

Image captions:
Hau kihe boini - Come to a point: Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Haukulasi series (detail).
Bonfires of 1986: Kate Woods, Bonfire, 2012, C-type print, (detail).
LAST: Jason Hall, Somewhere in France, 2012 (detail).

Exhibitions details:

Hau kihe boini - Come to a point
Artist: Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi   
1 March – 7 April 2013

1 March – 7 April 2013
Artist: Jason Hall               

Bonfires of 1986
Artist: Kate Woods           
1 March – 7 April 2013

Public programmes:   

Exhibitions opening:                                                         Thursday 28 February, 6pm
Exhibition talk with artist Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi:        Thursday 7 March, 7pm
Exhibition talk with artist Jason Hall:                               Saturday 16 March, 11am
Exhibition talk with artist Kate Woods:                             Saturday 23 March, 11am
Entry:                                                                                Free, all welcome

If you'd like more information about these exhibitions or for media inquiries please contact the curator, Kathryn Tsui: 09 838 4455 extension 203 or

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