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08 December 2019 —
22 April 2020

Vanessa Crofskey:
smoke signals

Vanessa Crofskey, smoke signals, 2019 (installation view). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Andrew Kennedy
Vanessa Crofskey, smoke signals, 2019 (installation view). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Hartnett

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For the Te Tuhi Billboards, Vanessa Crofskey has created smoke signals, a series of collaged text images. smoke signals attempts to connect the communities of two countries together, across their cities and skylines, by asking: How are migrants witnessed? How can the transformative elements of smoke inform and mediate our understanding of ourselves?

Migration is a global phenomenon, however Chinese residents and migrants within Aotearoa New Zealand are often seen as ‘unnatural’ or ‘alien’. Representation and embodiment within the landscape can be a mirage. Despite historical relations, Chinese migrants appear as smoke on the horizon rather than a permanent and welcome part of our soil.

Through these works, the artist encourages us to discover the often-overlooked connections that reside within our cultural landscape by drawing the two countries closer together.

Press

Crofskey on Reeves Road - EyeContact