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10 October 2015 —
18 October 2015

These stories began before we arrived

Teng Chao-Ming, Becoming a different person, 2011 (installation view). Red neon, three separate power switches, 730mm diameter. Photo by David Straight.
Teng Chao-Ming, Confession, 2011-15 (installation view). LED sign. Photo by David Straight.
Shannon Te Ao, Two shoots that stretch far out, 2013-14. Single-channel video, colour + sound 13 mins 22 secs, cinematography by Iain Frengley. Courtesy of Mossman, Wellington.
Shannon Te Ao, Two shoots that stretch far out, 2013-14. Single-channel video, colour + sound 13 mins 22 secs, cinematography by Iain Frengley. Courtesy of Mossman, Wellington.
Chang En-Man, Arena, 2012 (installation view). Video 7 mins 51 secs. Photo by David Straight.
Chang En-Man, Arena, 2012 (installation view). Video 7 mins 51 secs. Photo by David Straight.
Natalie Robertson, Kawerau drive through, 2006/2015 (installation view). Digital video, 4:3, sound 14 mins 27 secs. Photo by David Straight.
Chu ChunTeng, Taiwan Taiwan, 2011 (installation view). Dual-channel HD video 100 mins. Photo by David Straight.
Nathan Pohio, The feral horses of Natasha von Braun, 2015 (installation view). Dual-channel projection. Photo by David Straight.

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Histories – known and unknown, written and unwritten − form the basis of These stories began before we arrived, an exhibition of artwork by New Zealand and Taiwanese artists. This poetic and contemplative exhibition acknowledges the past migration of people across the Pacific, from Taiwan to Aotearoa New Zealand, by sharing stories of belonging and loss. The artworks explore themes of collective identity, land use, international trade, ancestral knowledge and societal order. Together, these works build connections between distinct histories and propose potential futures.

These stories began before we arrived was previously exhibited as part of the 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition.

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The gallery is closed for install from 29 January 2023.

Our next exhibition Who can think, what can think curated by Bruce E. Phillips will open 18 February 2023.

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