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06 September 2020 —
29 November 2020

Charles Buenconsejo:
2016 – 2020

Charles Buenconsejo, 2016 – 2020, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.


For Te Tuhi’s Project Wall, Charles Buenconsejo presents a large mural of images taken between 2016 and 2020. Each picture provides a window into his family’s everyday experience as recent Filipino migrants to Aotearoa New Zealand.

2016 – 2020 is a visual diary which represents a new form of timeline in Charles's journey: a process of self-transformation through the decolonisation of his mind and gut bacteria, in this unfamiliar territory of Aotearoa.

Taking photos to project our lives on social media has become analogous to breathing. In pursuit of convenience and social validation, we have sacrificed elements of our relationship to the physical sphere, our communal and personal lives, and our capacity to engage with the natural environment.

After four years away from the Philippines, Buenconsejo is practicing forms of regeneration, connecting with allies in his new habitat. This may be likened to the revitalisation of soil, a slow process of deep transformation.

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