In Conversation with Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

AISHA JOHAN | Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan are a husband-and-wife team who emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006. Their artworks often address themes of displacement, change, memory and community. Together they have exhibited at a number of international exhibitions including the 50th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia…

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Artist unknown, Guest Welcoming Pine. Te Hotu Manawa Marae, Palmerston North. Photo by Tessa Ma'auga

Enhancing mana through visual art

TESSA MA’AUGA | Mana is a significant concept in Aotearoa and the Pacific region. It has often been translated as ‘power’, ‘prestige’, and ‘authority’. Unlike the word ‘power’ though, mana as a concept has more quickly evolved away from associations with ‘domination’, ‘manipulation’ and ‘control’…

Renee Liang, producer of 等凳 - The Chairs, at Te Pou Theatre. Photo by Bob Scott Photography

In Conversation with Renee Liang and Hweiling Ow

AMY WENG | What can a farcical relationship between a man and a woman teach us about language, loss and living? This winter, Eugène Ionesco’s Les Chaises (The Chairs), has been adapted by four Aotearoa theatremakers into Pākeha English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Cantonese. Editor Amy Weng caught up with the Cantonese season producer Renee Liang, and director Hweiling Ow, to reflect on the importance of language on and off the stage…

Table during the small modifications workshop I ran at Rancho Electronico, including some of the timely floating wholemeal bread. Photo by Xin Cheng

Many Other Worlds are Possible: chance encounters, gathering points, following the sweet potato rhizomes in Mexico City

XIN CHENG | A few days after listening to ‘The Danger of the Single Story’, I headed to the other side of the earth, to join the class Design for the Living World at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. Quite a change of scenery — yet the questions remain, this time through the lens of ‘solidary societies’, as we prepared for a research residency in Mexico City…

The Red Gateway. Photo by Austin Tseng

On the Ancestor’s Trail

AUSTIN TSENG | An account of the New Zealand Chinese Association’s (NZCA) SS Ventnor Tour, 7-9 April 2018. In the early 20th century, the lives of Chinese migrants in New Zealand were often fraught with difficulty. Not only did they have to deal with the struggles of making a living in a new land, but also significant…

Yukari Kaihori: The emotional landscape

NATASHA MATILA-SMITH | Yukari Kaihori is a Japanese artist based in Whanganui-a-Tara who creates paintings which examine the intersections between physical and metaphysical landscapes, often employing chance mark-making that invites rich associations between nature and the psychological. Her current exhibition at Corban Estate Art Centre runs until 27 May 2018…

Eat My Rice by Louie Bretaña at Performance Art Week Aotearoa 2017. Image courtesy of PAWA. Photo by Essi Airisniemi

In Conversation with Louie Bretaña

AMY WENG | Louie Bretaña is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts and the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines. His work actively challenges Euro-western colonial histories through relational practices, encouraging a respectful engagement with culture via conversation and food…