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18 May 2018 —
27 May 2018

Acts of Passage

Arapeta Ashton, Te au o te moana, 2017 (installation view). Single-channel video. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
FAFSWAG, Subordinate Tissue, 2018 (video still). HD video. Courtesy of the artist.
FAFSWAG, Subordinate Tissue, 2018 (installation view). Three channel HD video and live performance. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
FAFSWAG, Subordinate Tissue, 2018 (installation view). Three channel HD video and live performance. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
FAFSWAG, Subordinate Tissue, 2018 (installation view). Three channel HD video and live performance. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
FAFSWAG, Subordinate Tissue, 2018 (installation view). Three channel HD video and live performance. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Kitso Lynn Lelliot, Sankofa, 2016. My story no doubt is me/Older than me, 2016. I was her and she was me and those we might become, 2016. Three-channel video installation. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Kitso Lynn Lelliot, Sankofa, 2016. My story no doubt is me/Older than me, 2016. I was her and she was me and those we might become, 2016. Three-channel video installation. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Kitso Lynn Lelliot, Sankofa, 2016. My story no doubt is me/Older than me, 2016. I was her and she was me and those we might become, 2016. Three-channel video installation. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Kitso Lynn Lelliot, Sankofa, 2016. My story no doubt is me/Older than me, 2016. I was her and she was me and those we might become, 2016. Three-channel video installation. Ayrson Heráclito, Sacudimento, 2015. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Ayrson Heráclito, Sacudimento, 2015 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Ayrson Heraclito, Sacudimento, 2015, courtesy of the artist.
Ayrson Heráclito, The Cleansing: a reunion of the Atlantic margins, 2015 (installation view). Video diptych. Rosanna Raymond, Fa’amu’umu’umamatane aka Tropic Thunder, 2018 (background). Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Rosanna Raymond, Fa’amu’umu’umamatane aka Tropic Thunder, 2018 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Rosanna Raymond, Fa’amu’umu’umamatane aka Tropic Thunder, 2018 (detail). Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Rosanna Raymond, Fa’amu’umu’umamatane aka Tropic Thunder, 2018 (detail). Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Antonio Paucar, Suspendido en un Quenua, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm.
Antonio Paucar, Suspendido en el queñua, 2014 (installation view). HD video. Photo by Sam Hartnett.

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The performance exhibition Acts of Passage addresses the body in its cathartic function: by performing small rituals and cleansing gestures artists trigger memory to reconcile history and the now through physical action.

Since the dawn of humanity, ritual practices have been meticulously devised to establish and maintain personal and common welfare. The expression sumak kawsay (literally ‘good living’) widely refers to the worldview of the Quechua peoples of the Andes, a community-centred, environmentally balanced and culturally responsible system that has recently entered the legal framework of Ecuador by including nature as a right-bearing entity in the country’s Constitution.

Acts of Passage will include immersive video installations and scheduled live performances that showcase the most exciting manifestations of the practice from around the world including Africa, Aotearoa, Brazil, the Pacific, and Peru.

Drawing from a particularly southern cartography, the exhibition presents artists versed in a diversity of knowledge systems invariably connecting humans with the natural world, myth and ancient cultural values. Their films and live performances bond the body to the surrounding world to symbolically address a powerful way of being present at the crossroads of times.


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→ A Peruvian perspective – Art News New Zealand
→ Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown – Ocula