Friday, June 28, 2013
Auckland Art Fair 2013 is delighted to introduce two more projects: Alex Monteith’s video work about the Rena disaster projected on shipping containers on Queens Wharf, and Niki Hastings-McFall’s reconfigured Polynisation Series placed at the heart of The Cloud.
Alex Monteith’s dual channel video work based on the Rena disaster will be aptly projected on to the outside of two back-lit shipping containers, situated on Queen’s Wharf, outside The Cloud.
In October of 2011 the shipping container vessel Rena ran aground on Astroble reef, off the Tauranga coast, Aotearoa in fair weather. Oil spills, shipping containers and debris have washed ashore along the Bay of Plenty coast. This project installs one of a series video installations comprised of long-take documentations of the community and NZ defence force responses amidst the clean-up, made by Alex Monteith in 2011 and 2012.
Alex Monteith has been involved with thirteen projects (spanning 2008-2013) involving contemporary culture or environmental aspects engaged with foreshore territories around Aotearoa.
At the heart of the Fair’s exhibitions’, Niki Hastings-McFall will reconfigure her seminal Polynisation Series, courtesy of Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.
Blanketing everyday objects from a 70’s Pakeha domestic setting with the ubiquitous lei – a widely recognised symbol of Polynesia and mass-produced souvenir – Hastings-McFall explores the ways in which an ‘Other Pacific’ is contrived and manufactured.
Hastings-McFall is a prominent multi media artist of Samoan and English descent. A long term resident of west Auckland she expresses her unique identity by combining the influences of her urban upbringing and Samoan heritage.