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Photographs of market gardens exhibited at Gum Sarn, Depot Artspace. Photo by Margaux Wong

Constant Conversations: Reflecting on Gum Sarn

MARGAUX WONG | This exhibition, like all things, began with a conversation. Late last year, after one of my family’s frequent visits to my workplace – they really come to see the dog Mia, not me – a conversation emerged about curating an exhibition on New Zealand Chinese. As our exchange strayed to food, as almost all of my conversations do, we began ruminating on the contributions the Chinese had made to this country…

Vanessa Crofskey, performance artist and spoken word poet, at Noodle House on Great North Road. Photo by Megan Blennerhassett

Food to nourish the soul at Tasting Words

On your left as you come up Great North Rd, just before Titirangi Rd going west, there is a cluster of restaurants serving great food – noodle houses, dumpling joints, a kebab shop. There’s also a dairy, a barbers, a vape store, a locksmith, Woottons Auto Accessories and two kinds of tool stores. This strip…

At a rehearsal of OTHER [Chinese]. Photo by Julie Zhu

The voices of OTHER [Chinese]

OTHER [Chinese] isn’t your standard night out at the theatre. Directed by Alice Canton, and developed over the course of a year in consultation with individuals from various Chinese communities, OTHER [Chinese] is a work of documentary theatre that explores what it is to be Chinese in Auckland in the here and now. Stories that…

Han Huang, in Asian Men Talk About Sex

Asian Men Talk About Sex: The director’s cut with Chye-Ling Huang

AMY WENG | Asian Men Talk About Sex is three women’s mission; to challenge the mainstream media’s portrayal of ‘sexy’ by asking every-day Asian men in New Zealand to talk about their sex lives. Director Chye-Ling Huang spoke to Amy Weng about the challenges involved in creating the documentary, and what she hopes the film will help us to understand…

Fresh Off the Page with Ellison Tan

CHYE-LING HUANG | In July, Fresh Off the page will present Conflict Circle, Singaporean playwright Ellison Tan’s foray into the absurd. With three professional productions under her belt, Ellison’s Conflict Circle challenges the nature of theatre and the futility and absurdity of performance…

Photo by Iris Hsieh

Rulers

XIN CHENG | Quite a few months ago, in Taiwan, I saw a carpenter’s tape measure with the scales in metric, Chinese inches and how fortuitous the length is according to fengshui…

Asian NZ Artists Hui

EVENT: Asian New Zealand Artists Hui | Saturday 8 July 2017

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangatanga maha, tēnā koutou katoa Hainamana invites you to a hui to discuss the role of Asian New Zealand artists in the field of contemporary art.  Over the past two decades, the emergence of Asia as an economic and cultural epicentre has lead to a re-evaluation of…

One of the spaces the writer has rested in. Photo by Xin Cheng

some stories around ‘shelter’

XIN CHENG | One night in May 2016 in a park in Western Tokyo, I made myself comfortable in between sheets of cardboard. There were high wind in the trees above. I felt the ground move powerfully under me, like riding a giant worm…

Mass grave at Blitar, East Java. Part of the Mass Grave Project, ongoing. Photo by FX Harsono

In conversation with FX Harsono

AISHA JOHAN | FX Harsono is a leading figure within the Indonesian contemporary art scene. Over the past four decades, his work has developed against the backdrop of the rise and fall of the Soeharto regime, through revolution and reformation. On the eve of Jakarta’s election, which have incited simmering racial and religious tensions in the world’s most populous Muslim country, Harsono’s practice resonates with the national search for plurality. Aisha Johan caught up with the artist to talk…

FX Harsono, Pilgrimage to History, 2013

In conversation with FX Harsono (English Translation)

AISHA JOHAN | I am very drawn to one of your works, Pilgrimage to History, 2013. I feel that you are giving a voice to those who no longer have one, from mass grave to mass audience. Could you please tell me more about the work? FX Harsono: In the beginning, I started this project about the genocide and mass grave that I had found out about in Blitar, a city where I was born and raised…

A Sleeping Project

KAORU KODAMA | On 16 November 2016, there were protests on the Auckland waterfront. New Zealand Defence Industry Association’s 19th Defence Industry Forum was planned to take place at the Viaducts Events Centre, however, having one of the world’s largest nuclear arms manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, as its main sponsor, and described by activist organisations as a weapons exposition…

Artist John Young Zerunge. Image courtesy of John Young Studio

In conversation with John Young Zerunge

AMY WENG | John Young Zerunge is an Australian-Chinese artist and one of the co-founders and founding president of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney. An initiative formed by the Asian Australian Artists’ Association in 1996, 4A has become a leading art institution in Australia, encouraging dialogue on Asian and Australian cultural relations, and…