Imagine the Land Project

“Papatuanuku” Te Huihuinga Hakui - Gathering of Grandmothers of Pacifica, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010


Imagine the Land Project will be producing a series of impermanent, interactive and participatory art installations this spring in New Zealand and Australia. Generously supported by Auckland Unitec Environmental Sustainability Fund, The Imagine the Land Project is part of an on-going series of work that has collaborated and exhibited projects through out New Zealand, Australia and Colombia.

The project is co-directed by Karma Barnes (New Zealand) and Ekarasa Doblanovic (Croatia). A significant highlight of the tour will be the work Mandala of Life and Death at the Wellington Museum of Land and Sea. It will feature as part of the Death and Diversity Exhibition presented in conjunction with the Office of Ethnic Affairs. The work is a collaboration between Imagine the Land and the Amitbha Buddhist Hospice and will be an Aotearoa representation of the Buddhist Circle of Life & Death.

The five works will be produced across New Zealand and Australia in three weeks, the series begins with a work amongst a grove of Puka trees at Kaipara Sculpture Gardens, in Kaukapakapa, Auckland. Alluvium installation presented in Brisbane at the ANZATA conference will explore the relationship between people and the flooding waters of Brisbane. Koru of Gratitude will explore the interplay of the natural world that sits in the space between ‘sky above, earth below’, drawing on Mythologies of the relations Papatuanuku and Ranganui, installed in Waikato at the Waitakaruru’s Sculpture Symposium as part of the summer show curated by Andrew Clifford.

A ceremonial work at Noho Kotahitanga, renowned as New Zealand’s most contemporary Marae during a significant event for the pacific region Te Wakaminenga Hakuikui will complete the series. Imagine the Land works to bridge a connection between people’s deepest inner worlds and the environment through impermanent, interactive and participatory art works. Using earthen pigments, the installations explore the unique qualities, languages and memory of locations and materials. An innate process of the work is the deconstruction process. The work reflects the ephemeral process of life, decay and transformation. A handful of materials from each deconstructed work is carried is from one installation to the next, weaving a storey throughout the land and between each installation.

Rivers to Recovery, ANZATA conference, Brisbane, Australia, 11th Nov-13th 2011 Kaipara Sculpture Gardens, 19th Nov- May 2012 Waitakaruru, 19thNov-4thMar 2012 Wellington Museum of Land and Sea, 24thNov- Jan 2012 Noho Kotahitanga Marae, 2nd Dec-4th Dec Artists: Karma Barnes (New Zealand) and Ekarasa Doblanovic (Croatia).

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Karma Barnes

24 Oct 2011