SĀMOA / MĀORI / NIUE / LAKOTA
Layover, the latest exhibition in a continuing series, considers Indigeneity as being-in-motion.
Drawing from experiences of commuting cultures in Tāmaki Makaurau, Layover includes two new commissions from Edith Amituanai (Sāmoa) and BC Collective (Ngā puhi, Tainui, Alofi and Liku, Lakota) which explore ideas of transnationalism, notions of home and ancestral practices.
Layover is the second iteration of an ongoing curatorial project which was initiated in 2017 at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, culminating in the exhibition The Commute. The third iteration, Transits and Returns, will open at the Vancouver Art Gallery in late 2019.
Layover is a collaborative project led by Indigenous curators Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Eshraghi (Sāmoa, Irānzamin, Guangdong), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian), and Lana Lopesi (Sāmoa).
15 March - 25 May
SĀMOA / MĀORI / NIUE / LAKOTA
How can place travel?
Through networks of migration, trade, and exchange engendered in both deep time and every day, place and travel are integral to contemporary Indigenous experiences. Perhaps we can understand migration, trade and exchange as forms of commuting, and understand ourselves as commuting cultures. With commuting cultures come commuting knowledges which travel, exchange and take form over time and across distance.
This notion of commuting is the framework of how the Visiting Curators* – a curatorium of five curators, artists and writers from across the Great Ocean – are collaborating. Over three exhibition projects we have been interrogating the interconnection of both place and travel through a series of commissioned works by artists also located around the Great Ocean. In considering the conditions that engender our mobility as arts workers as well as the desire to build meaningful exchange across the waters, the curatorium has sought to foreground complex, wide-ranging experiences of Indigeneity that are inclusive of both ancestral knowledges and global connections.
Travelling Places: A Non-Symposium is a day of storytelling, skill sharing and dialogue centred on notions of place. As a non-symposium, the event rejects the authorial, academic voice in favour of asserting multivocality and openness as imperative to building understanding and collective futures.
*The Visting Curators are Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoa, Irān, Guangdong), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian) and Lana Lopesi (Sāmoa).
Layover is the second iteration of an ongoing curatorial project which was initiated in 2017 at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane culminating in the exhibition The Commute, with the third iteration, Transits and Returns to open at the Vancouver Art Gallery in September 2019. Layover then marks the midpoint of this journey.
Travelling Places: A Non-Symposium is supported by Auckland Arts Festival and Vancouver Art Gallery.
You’re invited to the opening of The Commute, an exhibition encompassing a series of commissioned projects by eight Indigenous artists located around the Great Ocean, also known as the Pacific Rim, who assert complex, wide-ranging, contemporary Indigenous experiences inclusive of both ancestral knowledges and global connections.
Join the artists and Visiting Curators for the exhibition opening:
From 4.30pm, a Welcome to Country will be performed by Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers with a Smoking Ceremony, followed by a guided barefoot walk through the exhibition at
The festivities will continue into the evening in the IMA Courtyard with food, drinks, and music from DJ Brown Amy (xučyun/Oakland, CA - Chulita Vinyl Club: Bay Area, Stay Firme, Hard French).
In 2018 the IMA has invited five Indigenous curators from across the Great Ocean to develop a series of exhibitions and programs in collaboration with indigenous artists. The group will share recent work, discuss their project, The Commute, and announce the commissioned artists featured in the project this September-December.
The Commute is developed by Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Lunaʻi Eshraghi (Sāmoa), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian) and Lana Lopesi (Samoa).
The project will assert complex, wide-ranging, contemporary Indigenous experiences including deep ancestral knowledges and global connections.
Join us for an afternoon where the distinctive perspectives of the visiting curators will be shared and discussions about the formation of the project will take place.